Introducing scientific inquiry into the core capability indices of project-learning courses

Chin Wen Liao, Ta Chun Chang, Ming Shang Su, Yao Tsung Chiang

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This study introduced inquiry-based learning into project-learning courses for students majoring in electrical and electronic engineering in vocational high schools and constructed core capability indices (CCIs) for these courses. Initially, after compiling the dimensions and implications of each capability through a literature review, this study conducted a 3-round Delphi process to establish a CCI framework by administering a questionnaire survey to 19 experts. Subsequently, this study designed a 9-point scale and applied the analytic hierarchy process to the responses of the 19 experts, performing paired comparisons among the indices, testing consistency, and obtaining the weight of each index. Afterwards, on the basis of the constructed CCIs, a questionnaire survey was administered to 225 students. An importance-performance analysis was performed to determine the importance levels expected by the experts and the students' satisfaction toward their actual performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-265
Number of pages8
JournalWorld Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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