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Application of Circular Economy Techniques for Design and Development of Products through Collaborative Project-Based Learning for Industrial Engineer Teaching

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Industrial Engineering School, University of Extremadura, 06007 Badajoz, Spain
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Design Engineering Department, Higher Polytechnic School, University of Seville, 41011 Seville, Spain
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Project Engineering Section, Industrial Engineering School, University of Extremadura, 06007 Badajoz, Spain
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Sustainability 2020, 12(11), 4368; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114368
Received: 2 May 2020 / Revised: 17 May 2020 / Accepted: 22 May 2020 / Published: 26 May 2020
Collaborative project-based learning aims to get students to take responsibility for their knowledge processes. The objective of this research is to analyze the viability of applying circular economy techniques for the design and development of products, through learning based on collaborative projects in industrial engineering. A survey was carried out between 2015 and 2019 on final year students of industrial engineering in Spain, from five different academic years. The responses obtained were analyzed statistically. The results indicate that the students who had more previous knowledge about the circular economy, valued its relevance for the design and development of products as well as for the practice of the profession more. In addition, it was demonstrated that the implementation of circular economy strategies in the design and development of products through collaborative projects allows the acquisition of different knowledge: eco-design, product planning and distribution, reuse, recycling, etc. Moreover, most of the students considered that the circular economy should be a complementary discipline and a transversal competence. View Full-Text
Keywords: educational competences; project engineering; project management; higher education; competences; collaborative models; circular economy; SDG; project-based learning educational competences; project engineering; project management; higher education; competences; collaborative models; circular economy; SDG; project-based learning
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González-Domínguez, J.; Sánchez-Barroso, G.; Zamora-Polo, F.; García-Sanz-Calcedo, J. Application of Circular Economy Techniques for Design and Development of Products through Collaborative Project-Based Learning for Industrial Engineer Teaching. Sustainability 2020, 12, 4368. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114368

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González-Domínguez J, Sánchez-Barroso G, Zamora-Polo F, García-Sanz-Calcedo J. Application of Circular Economy Techniques for Design and Development of Products through Collaborative Project-Based Learning for Industrial Engineer Teaching. Sustainability. 2020; 12(11):4368. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114368

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González-Domínguez, Jaime; Sánchez-Barroso, Gonzalo; Zamora-Polo, Francisco; García-Sanz-Calcedo, Justo. 2020. "Application of Circular Economy Techniques for Design and Development of Products through Collaborative Project-Based Learning for Industrial Engineer Teaching" Sustainability 12, no. 11: 4368. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12114368

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