Learning at the Crossroads of Theory and Practice: An Overview

P.G.C. van den Bossche*, W.H. Gijselaers*, R.G. Milter*

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Effectiveness of students’ learning in higher education can be enhanced by providing a proper learning context, especially at the beginning of the curriculum. In the ‘learning to learn’ project described and evaluated in this chapter, the aim was to speed up the self-directed learning skills of first year students by letting them work in the so called fam-model (freshmen, apprentices, master). The project was implemented in an industrial engineering course at a dutch university. The project enjoyed high student attendance despite not being mandatory. Both the success rate of examinations and the average number of study points obtained in the first year were improved, compared to previous years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning at the Crossroads of Theory and Practice
EditorsP.G.C. van den Bossche, W.H. Gijselaers, R.G. Milter
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages249
ISBN (Print)978-94-007-2845-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

Publication series

SeriesAdvances in Business Education and Training


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