Team-Based Learning of the Mercato Project to Nurture Criticism, Creativity and Problem Solving During the Orientation Camp of ESC-KMUTT

Abstract

Team-based learning (TBL) is a learning practice supporting small group for powerful instructional effect. There are four essential elements of TBL including groups, accountability, feedback and assignment design (Michaelsen & Sweet, 2008). The objectives of this study were to use team-based learning for instructing “The Mercato Project” and nurture soft skills such as criticism, creativity and problem solving to freshman students during orientation camp. The project was organized to nurture 70 new students of Engineering Science Classroom, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi(ESC-KMUTT). They were divided into 2 groups of different feedback teacher’s team receiving the same team assignment. Data were collected from 34 questionnaires, 6 open-ended questions and model evaluation. The result showed the most of students agreed that working as a part of Mercato team to be a valuable experience (4.41±0.69) and working in teams helped to learn better than working alone (4.41±0.81). Quantitative analyses confirmed that although the construction of Mercato model was built differently, there was no significant difference of overall student TBL self-evaluation by using independent sample t-test (p<0.05). In addition, we also found that they used criticism, creativity and problem solving much more during working in Mercato team. In conclusion, the Mercato project was accomplished using TBL to expose students and help them improve their soft skills for applying course content during orientation camp



Author Information
Nion Vinarukwong, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
Jintana Wongta, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
Jutharat Sunprasert, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
Chanakan Chomngam, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
Sukanyapat Dokkhularb, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand

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Conference: ACEID2018
Stream: Student Learning, Learner Experiences and Learner Diversity

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