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Problem-based learning in physics education: a study on engineering students.

By Ahmad Hadi Ali and Siti Nur Kamariah Rubani

Abstract

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an educational method which students act as an active learners guided by facilitator. They learn through problem solving in small groups and reflecting on their experiences. This study aims to examine engineering students’ perceptions on PBL physics in Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, UTHM. The study was conducted on 145 engineering students taking Physics 2 subject in second semester session 2007/2008. They were divided into small groups consisting 5 members in each groups. Data was collected via students’ self-reflection on written questionnaire at the end of PBL session. The findings reveal that students’ obtains excellent experiences and benefits from PBL physics. It also appears that at the end of PBL session students’ were successfully generates soft-skills such as self-directed learning, teamwork, leadership and good presentation skills

Topics: L Education (General)
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.uthm.edu.my:2267

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