Developing informal project management skills in a collaborative learning environment

Pearce, Meryl, Clarke, Beverley and Gannaway, Deanne (2007) Developing informal project management skills in a collaborative learning environment. Geographical Education, 20 2007: 48-57.

Author Pearce, Meryl
Clarke, Beverley
Gannaway, Deanne
Title Developing informal project management skills in a collaborative learning environment
Journal name Geographical Education
ISSN 0085-0969
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 20
Issue 2007
Start page 48
End page 57
Total pages 10
Place of publication Rockhampton, Australia
Publisher Australian Geography Teachers' Association
Language eng
Subject 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Abstract Geography graduates inevitably find themselves in project-based work. Tertiary students, as part of their university training, need to be given the opportunity to develop and practise skills to be applied in the workplace. For educators, it is insufficient to offer topics based upon discipline-knowledge alone. Students need the opportunity to experience and practice the strategies and skills required to ensure their employability in a project-focused industry. This paper outlines the results of a collaborative learning experience in which a range of tools was introduced to facilitate the development of informal project management skills - that is, communication, cooperation and teamwork. Furthermore, a well functioning team, achieving successful outputs is often a prerequisite to enjoyment of the task. In this context, numerous student responses indicated that they 'had fun' doing the assignment, while developing transferable skills and gaining experience suitable for their future project-oriented career in an environmental management workplace.
Keyword Fieldwork (Educational method)
Project method in teaching
Group work in education
Project management -- study and teaching
Learning strategies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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