Project-Based Learning: Students’ Engagement in External Consultancy Project in Oman
11 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2020
Date Written: September 12, 2019
Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an innovative approach to learning that employs a multitude of strategies critical for success in the twenty-first century. It exposes students to the real world and opens an extended inquiry process that boosts their communication skills and interdisciplinary learning. This study shares the benefits that students gained from their participation in an external research and consultancy project at Sohar University. The study explores the effect of project-based learning following the exploratory research design and the qualitative analysis approach. The study finds that students derived direct academic benefits in the areas of conducting survey research. Beyond academics, they learned many things, which are key to success in real-life situations. The students largely benefited in behavioural, communication, self-confidence, English language, planning, thinking, time management and other skills. Their engagement in project-based learning offered them a different skillset beyond what they usually acquire in the conventional teaching and learning environment.
Keywords: Project-Based Learning, External Consultancy Project, Students Engagements, Skills and Competencies
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