Performance support system in higher engineering education - introduction and empirical validation

Slavi Stoyanov, Piet Kommers, Theo Bastiaens, Catalina Martinez Mediano

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The paper defines and empirically validates the concept of performance support system in higher engineering education. The validation of the concept is based upon two studies: a pilot and an experiment, on the effect of performance support system on achievements and attitudes of students. The experimental study confirmed the expectation that the performance support system produced significantly better results than the traditional method of teaching when achievements of students were compared. The analysis of the students' attitudes towards the method revealed that the operationalisation of support was better implemented in the performance support software application than performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-507
Number of pages16
JournalInternational journal of continuing engineering education and life-long learning
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Learning adaptation
  • Higher education
  • Engineering education
  • Problem solving
  • Performance support systems
  • Student attitudes
  • Student achievement


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