Engaging Economics and Traffic Engineering Students in Community Issues Using the MultiCreation Approach

Petrevska Nechkoska, Renata and Koltovska Nechoska, Daniela and Angeleski, Marjan (2021) Engaging Economics and Traffic Engineering Students in Community Issues Using the MultiCreation Approach. NAŠE GOSPODARSTVO OUR ECONOMY, 67 (3). pp. 29-37.

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Abstract

Effective teaching methods for the coming generations of pragmatic students and teachers are evolving towards much greater involvement on all sides, attempting to bridge real life and academia in innovative ways. Our theoretical foundation lays upon the Triple Helix, n-Tuple Helix theory, and the innovation triangle, but in a problem-based multidisciplinary setting. After introducing and validating the MultiCreation approach in teaching/learning for the business-academia collaboration, where multiple disciplines, diverse profiles of students, professors, and managers have taken up various roles to address relevant business issues, we were encouraged to expand its applicability beyond the business world - toward societal problems. We retained the problem-based and participatory learning but shifted the positioning of the problem towards the safety of primary school children, incorporating economic, project-based, managerial, traffic engineering, logistical, regulatory, and governance issues. By including two primary schools, collaborating with their principals, advisory teams, and teachers, as well as children and parents, in two different cities, we aimed to provide complete research, engineering, and education for the stakeholders so that the schools could just hand in documentation to the relevant municipal bodies to be acted upon effectuation. The involved students came from two faculties of economics and traffic engineering, steered by three university professors on the subjects of project management and basic and advanced techniques for traffic management. The blended learning components took place as prescribed in the MultiCreation approach, during two semesters of two academic years. They combined countermeasures and solutions. The MultiCreation approach has been enhanced regarding its components and workflow and its effectiveness has been validated in a multi-stakeholder environment of direct and indirect educational beneficiaries. Keywords: Problem-based learning, participatory learning, MultiCreation approach, Traffic Engineering, community-academia collaboration

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Engineering and Technology > Other engineering and technologies
Divisions: Faculty of Technical Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. d-r. Daniela Koltovska Nechoska
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2021 17:31
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2021 17:31
URI: http://eprints.uklo.edu.mk/id/eprint/6657

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