Technology Majors' Methodology Education : Comparing Approaches from Two Courses
Rissanen, Antti; Saastamoinen, Kalle (2021)
Scientia Socialis, UAB
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The National Defense University (NDU) trains officers to develop their academic and professional skills. To accomplish this, the university offers two mandatory courses on methodological training for military technology students for master level education. The first course was theoretically oriented, and the second course was practically oriented. These both master-level methodology courses emphasize practice oriented mathematical skills, which officers use in their operative decision-making and statistical analysis. This study focuses on student-centered learning methodologies linked to teachers’ observations from current and previous course implementations. Results in this study described the outcome from the first run of the revised curriculum. We collected data from students’ course reports and the university’s standard student evaluation of teaching (SET). According to the SET, the course 2 which was practically oriented course, where groups worked on more significant projects gained higher value among students. In conclusion, we recommend that teachers continue using student-centered learning methodologies to technical students as much as possible. Theoretically underscored courses should also contain more practical examples.
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