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Conference Paper: Nurturing reflective and independent learners through a technical communication course

TitleNurturing reflective and independent learners through a technical communication course
Authors
KeywordsIndependent learning
Reflection
Technical communication
Issue Date2013
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Citation
The 2013 IEEE International Conference on Professional Communication (IPCC 2013), Vancouver, BC., Canada, 15-17 July 2013. In Conference Proceedings, 2013 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper reports the findings of an exploratory study of engineering students' perceptions of reflection and independent learning before and after taking a mandatory technical communication course titled Professional and Technical Oral Communication for Engineers in their first semester of study at a university in Hong Kong. Three kinds of research instruments were used to generate data for analyses: pre- and post-questionnaire surveys, semi-structured interviews, and students' reflection and self-access records. The study's findings show encouraging results in three ways: (1) the course participants were generally receptive to the ideas of reflection and independent learning in the context of technical communication; (2) those who had had prior experience in reflection and independent learning continued to appreciate the value they brought to learning; and (3) the course participants' pre-conception that reflection and independent learning were only 'one-man shows' was changed and they began to value the involvement of their 'significant social others' in these learning pursuits. © 2013 IEEE.
DescriptionConference Theme: Beyond Borders: Communicating Globally
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/187379
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dc.contributor.authorLau, Ken_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-20T12:39:53Z-
dc.date.available2013-08-20T12:39:53Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 2013 IEEE International Conference on Professional Communication (IPCC 2013), Vancouver, BC., Canada, 15-17 July 2013. In Conference Proceedings, 2013en_US
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-4673-0012-1-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/187379-
dc.descriptionConference Theme: Beyond Borders: Communicating Globally-
dc.description.abstractThis paper reports the findings of an exploratory study of engineering students' perceptions of reflection and independent learning before and after taking a mandatory technical communication course titled Professional and Technical Oral Communication for Engineers in their first semester of study at a university in Hong Kong. Three kinds of research instruments were used to generate data for analyses: pre- and post-questionnaire surveys, semi-structured interviews, and students' reflection and self-access records. The study's findings show encouraging results in three ways: (1) the course participants were generally receptive to the ideas of reflection and independent learning in the context of technical communication; (2) those who had had prior experience in reflection and independent learning continued to appreciate the value they brought to learning; and (3) the course participants' pre-conception that reflection and independent learning were only 'one-man shows' was changed and they began to value the involvement of their 'significant social others' in these learning pursuits. © 2013 IEEE.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.-
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Professional Communication Conference Proceedingsen_US
dc.rightsInternational Professional Communication Conference Proceedings. Copyright © Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.-
dc.rights©2013 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE.-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectIndependent learning-
dc.subjectReflection-
dc.subjectTechnical communication-
dc.titleNurturing reflective and independent learners through a technical communication courseen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailLau, K: lauken@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityLau, K=rp01419en_US
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1109/IPCC.2013.6623889-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84888992161-
dc.identifier.hkuros217705en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-
dc.customcontrol.immutablesml 140312-

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