Translating theory into practice: integrating the affective and cognitive learning dimensions for effective instruction in engineering education

Alias, Maizam and Lashari, Tahira Anwar and Akasah, Zainal Abidin and Kesot, Mohd Jahaya (2014) Translating theory into practice: integrating the affective and cognitive learning dimensions for effective instruction in engineering education. European Journal of Engineering Education, 39 (2). pp. 212-232. ISSN 03043797

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03043797.2013.838543

Abstract

Learning in the cognitive domain is highly emphasised and has been widely investigated in engineering education. Lesser emphasis is placed on the affective dimension although the role of affects has been supported by research. The lack of understanding on learning theories and how they may be translated into classroom application of teaching and learning is one factor that contributes to this situation. This paper proposes a working framework for integrating the affective dimension of learning into engineering education that is expected to promote better learning within the cognitive domain. Four major learning theories namely behaviourism, cognitivism, socio-culturalism, and constructivism were analysed and how affects are postulated to influence cognition are identified. The affective domain constructs identified to be important are self-efficacy, attitude and locus of control. Based on the results of the analysis, a framework that integrates methodologies for achieving learning in the cognitive domain with the support of the affective dimension of learning is proposed. It is expected that integrated approach can be used as a guideline to engineering educators in designing effective and sustainable instructional material that would result in the effective engineers for future development.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:affective-cognitive learning approach; self-efficacy; locus of control; attitude
Subjects:T Technology > T61-173 Technical education. Technical schools
Divisions:Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Professional Education
ID Code:6616
Deposited By:Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Deposited On:25 Mar 2015 16:41
Last Modified:25 Mar 2015 16:41

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