Enhancing Generic Thinking Skills of Tertiary STEM Students through Puzzle-Based Learning
About this project
A significant number of tertiary STEM students drop out from their study during the first-year not because the courses are too difficult but because, in their words, they ‘are too dry and boring’.
There are even such terms as emotional disengagement and academic disinterest.
The intention of using PPS in teaching/learning is to engage students' emotions, creativity and curiosity and also enhance their critical thinking skills and lateral thinking “outside the box”. The theoretical considerations of the project are based on the Puzzle-Based Learning concept that becomes increasingly popular worldwide.
The impact of this pedagogical strategy will be evaluated via comprehensive questionnaires, interviews and class observations. The expected project outcomes include improving general problem-solving skills of tertiary STEM students and enhancing their creative thinking.
Digital resources of PPS will be offered to New Zealand tertiary institutions for placing on online platform by contacting relevant colleagues and teaching/learning support centres.
- Dr Sergiy Klymchuk, AUT
- Honorary Professor Mike Thomas, University of Auckland
- Professor Sergei Gulyaev, AUT
- Dr Tanya Evans, University of Auckland
Regional Hub Project Funding - Northern Hub.
The report from this project is published under the Creative Commons 3.0 New Zealand Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike Licence (BY-NC-SA/3.0-NZ). Under this licence you are free to copy, distribute, display and perform the work as well as to remix, tweak, and build upon this work non-commercially, as long as you credit the author/s and license your new creations under the identical terms.