Innovations in hands-on simulations for competence development. Authenticity and ownership of learning and their effects on student learning in secondary and higher vocational education

Hands-on simulations are frequently used in secondary and higher (agricultural) vocational education, primarily for procedural and technical skills development.

Promovendus AE (Anne) Khaled MSc
Promotor prof.dr. M (Martin) Mulder
Copromotor dr. JTM (Judith) Gulikers
dr. HJA (Harm) Biemans
Organisatie Wageningen University, Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS), Education and Competence Studies

di 7 oktober 2014 13:30 tot 15:00

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
6703 BG Wageningen

What is the added value of hands-on simulations in an innovative vocational curriculum that also aims at developing competencies, such as problem solving and being innovative and inquisitive? The thesis shows that hands-on simulations can foster competency development. For stimulating more competency development in hands-on simulations, it is not enough to increase authenticity (realism) and ownership of students’ learning through self-directedness and self-regulation. This resulted in mixed results in this thesis. For future use of hands-on simulations it is important to involve students’ perceptions regarding authenticity and it is important that students are learned to use self-regulated and self-directed learning skills throughout the vocational curriculum.