The impact of students’ knowledge levels on the performances in a Design-Build project

Lars Bogø Jensen, Flemming Jessen, Pernille Hammar Andersson

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Today an important part of teaching at the university level is group work relying on the Learning pyramid (NTL), where teaching one another is much more beneficial for students
than lecturing. In group work students are either put in groups of their own choice (mostly relying on social behavior) or put into predesigned groups. In this paper we have reflected on the consequences of the composition of the predesigned group and tried to evaluate the outcome based on marks given for assignments delivered as reports and oral exams. Preliminary findings indicate that the composition of the group could have an influence on the intended learning outcome (ILO -here tested by marks and knowledge of student performance); and if group composition is highly diverse (by including both students with reflective learning and superficial learning), preliminary findings presented here indicate that the ILO can be lower compared with the best individual student in the group. This finding in some ways contradicts the common perception that both reflective and superficial students will benefit from working together, however, further observations on a larger number of students are needed to verify these initial findings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International CDIO Conference
Number of pages6
Place of PublicationBarcelona, Spain
Publication date2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event10th International CDIO Conference: Sharing successful engineering education experiences - Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 15 Jun 201419 Jun 2014
Conference number: 10


Conference10th International CDIO Conference
LocationUniversitat Politecnica De Catalunya
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  • Group work
  • Group composition
  • Intended learning outcome (ILO)
  • CDIO standards 7 & 8


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    15 Jun 201419 Jun 2014

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