Factors Determining the Success of Project-based Learning Implementation in Professional Subjects at Secondary Professional Schools in Slovakia

By Katarína Tináková, Ondrej Kvasnica and Jozef Kadnár.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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The survey was realized as part of solving the grant project supported by the agency KEGA (Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic), Project No. 031 035STU-4/2010 – Models of Project-based Learning at Secondary Professional Schools.
The sample of 112 professional subjects’ teachers (46 males and 66 females) aged 30-60 years from 15 secondary professional schools covering all regions of Slovakia was investigated by questionnaire method, which factors most affect the successful implementation of project-based learning in professional subjects they teach.
We found out, that project-based learning is most often implemented at this type of secondary schools in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and economic professional subjects. The main impulse for teachers to realize projects was 50% their own initiative and almost 30% were inspired by the training course about project-based learning. Up to 75% of students showed great interest in working on projects and solving them. Didactic aspect of teamwork support in dealing with projects, as well as the ability of students to formulate their own solutions, was interesting and gratifying.
Recommendations for educational practice are focused primarily on the didactic aspects of preparing the projects for professional subjects at secondary professional schools.

Keywords: Project-based Learning, Professional Subjects, Secondary Professional Schools, Slovakia, Positive and Negative Factors, Interest of Parents and Pupils

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.147-156. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 587.388KB).

Dr. Katarína Tináková

Assistant Professor, Institute of Engineering Pedagogy and Humanities, Faculty of Materials Science and Technology, Slovak University of Technology, Trnava, Slovakia

Dr. Katarína Tináková is assistant professor at the Slovak University of Technology with 30 years of practice in specialization. She has more than 70 publications and over a period of the last 5 years she participated in 6 grant projects as guarantee or member. Her key interests are: review and evaluation of student performance; didactics of professional subjects; didactics of professional training; pedagogical practice.

Ing. Ondrej Kvasnica

PhD Candidate, Institute of Engineering Pedagogy and Humanities, Faculty of Materials Science and Technology, Slovak University of Technology, Trnava, Slovakia

Ing. Jozef Kadnár

PhD Student, Institute of Engineering Pedagogy and Humanities, Faculty of Materials Science and Technology, Slovak University of Technology, Trnava, Slovakia