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Reaching Maturity through Project-Based Learning

Seweryn Spalek
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Seweryn Spalek: Silesian University of Technology, Faculty of Organisation and Management, Poland

from International School for Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia

Abstract: Project-Based Learning as a concept is well recognised and applied in some countries, e. g. the USA or Denmark. By implementing that approach, educational organisations have been able to increase the level of practical knowledge of their students, making them a more valuable asset for industry. In addition, the companies could benefit from the practical knowledge of students, which would help them to improve their maturity in Project Management. Moreover, industrial companies very often actively participate in the programs because it is their expectation to get both theoretically and practically skilled staff. Furthermore, the students prefer this approach when choosing the same subject in comparison to the traditional (blocks of separate lectures on given topics) way of teaching. In Poland, the traditional approach to learning is widely applied in educational organisations. However, the benefits of introducing Project-Based Learning in some countries raised the issue of its usability and possible introduction in Poland as well. In our opinion, in order to enhance the level of maturity of students in different areas of expertise, new ideas of learning should be implemented. The article outlines the main ideas of Project-Based Learning and discusses the key issues surrounding its effectuation. In addition, the article presents salient thoughts on the possible implementation of Project-Based Learning in Poland. The advantages and disadvantages are highlighted with a special focus on the obstacles in the fields of potential execution.

Keywords: project-based learning; maturity; educational organisations; practical knowledge; industrial companies’ expectations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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