Implementation of the PBL approach to the “foundations and earth works” discipline: A Brazilian experience

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Amann K.A.P.
International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education
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© 2016, University of Minho. All rights reserved.This paper aims at presenting the experience and evaluating the results from the implementation of the Problem Based Learning approach to the discipline “Foundations and Earth Works” from the Civil Engineering Course at FEI, a Brazilian University at the metropolitan region of São Paulo. Despite this limited experience, the principles of PBL were introduced and compared with other PBL models. The students’ performance after the implementation was compared with the previous studies taking a similar test into consideration. It was possible to verify that the scores increased slightly, but the failure ratio had an interesting reduction, which depends on the class behaviour. This result allows the proposal of its implementation to other disciplines in the course.