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Project-Based Learning and the Acquisition of Competencies and Knowledge Transfer in Higher Education

Version 1 : Received: 30 October 2020 / Approved: 2 November 2020 / Online: 2 November 2020 (14:38:34 CET)

How to cite: Granado-Alcón, M.D.C.; Gómez-Baya, D.; Herrera-Gutiérrez, E.; Vélez-Toral, M.; Alonso-Martín, P.; Martínez-Frutos, M.T. Project-Based Learning and the Acquisition of Competencies and Knowledge Transfer in Higher Education. Preprints 2020, 2020110051 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0051.v1). Granado-Alcón, M.D.C.; Gómez-Baya, D.; Herrera-Gutiérrez, E.; Vélez-Toral, M.; Alonso-Martín, P.; Martínez-Frutos, M.T. Project-Based Learning and the Acquisition of Competencies and Knowledge Transfer in Higher Education. Preprints 2020, 2020110051 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0051.v1).

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to contribute to the body of knowledge about Project-Based Learning (PBL) methodology in higher education by describing and analysing interrelations between competencies, and their contribution to knowledge transfer (KT) and students’ rating of the project. The sample consisted of 464 students from the Universities of Huelva (N=347; 74.8%) and Murcia (N= 117; 25.2%), enrolled in the second year of a degree in either Infant or Primary Education. Data was collected through a self-administered questionnaire comprising a total of 53 items measuring General, Specific and Transversal competencies, as well as students’ rating of the project. Competencies were selected from the course programmes for the degrees in Infant and Primary Education. Preliminary results showed that competencies were moderately to highly acquired after PBL, and that students reported notable KT as well as a positive assessment of the project. KT showed a high degree of association with students’ ratings and was established as a key factor in learning and learner satisfaction in higher education.

Subject Areas

Project-Based Learning (PBL); higher education; competencies; knowledge transfer (KT); rating

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