Project work, as defined in the website of the Ministry of Education of Singapore, is considered as one learning experience that can help to provide students with opportunity to apply general knowledge of various fields to real life situation. In such attempt, Hoa Sen University has made project work an essential subject for students. On the other hand, although project work is considered as one essential subject, it is a new studying method which is still strange to students when they first come into university. That is why most of students usually have many problems and disorientation when they conduct their project work. This research is hoped to carry out some appropriate solutions and recommendations in order to overcome many common problems in execution of project work.
This report provides all details of the research. Preceded by a thorough review on previous researches on project work and its related issues, the report will then clarify the target group and different phases of execution of the research. Next, the findings of the research will be presented with statistics and brief explanation, which form base for further discussion and recommendations.
[...] CONCLUSION: Some common problems in project work that the majority of students often face are presented and analyzed during fourteen weeks. The database is collected through questionnaires delivered to students in different majors. Those questions are to probe the obstacles which mostly happen in project work. Students are asked to show their feeling about the project work and how they can overcome all of the problems to make a final product. According to the survey's statistic result, most of the students feel difficult to carry out subject project. [...]
[...] Or students have to spend time on “breaking the between them first, then to start working on project and so on One of the problems that students often face is time management for project meetings. This problem is very common to students especially who are studying in credit educational system. Each student in group has a different schedule from the others, which is very hard to come to a full member meeting in a specific date. That is the reason why there are up to 92% students agreed that “Time arrangement for project work” is one of the most difficult matters during project work. [...]
[...] Opened questions were designed to collect other various ideas on the problems and they are used for recommendations in section V. The overall procedure of the study is divided into eight stages which are in fifteen weeks to be completed. Data was designed and delivered to participants from the first week to the beginning of week ten. Since the information was fully collected at the end of week ten, all group members immediately arranged a direct meeting on a fixed day when they can meet each other. [...]
[...] In fact, students prefer meetings that include online and direct ones to keep in touch with instructor, which stands at nearly Assessment on project work: The assessment on project work of students seems to be good when 69% of the surveyed participants got good result for their projects though there are still 31% of students who are still facing problems with this studying method. There are tight connections between the members of group, the school year of students, and the result of project work of the good” choices were from sophomores and the rest, which is is from juniors. [...]
[...] In the researchers' point of view, the best way for this issue is students should try to see the situation from the other group members' perspective and understand what they think and feel, and why they think and feel as they do. With this method, the other person can seize this student's thought and make it easier for the whole group to discuss. Also, this can help students develop listening and sympathizing skills and make them closer to each other. [...]
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