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The effects Of problem-based learning on cognitive and generic skills development in mechanical engineering

Alias, Maizam and M Saleh, Hasanul Hadi (2006) The effects Of problem-based learning on cognitive and generic skills development in mechanical engineering. In: Seminar Of The Effects Of Problem-based Learning On Cognitive And Generic Skills Development In Mechanical Engineering., 2006, Malaysian Technical Universities.


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Although a well established method in training medical doctors, the problem-based learning (PBL) method is still relatively new in engineering education. Therefore, only limited empirical data are available on the effectiveness of PBL in the teaching and learning of engineering students. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of PBL in developing subject specific knowledge and generic skills in mechanical engineering. The quasi-experimental design method was used with two intact classes of first year students from the Mechanical Engineering Diploma programme in the Tun Hussein Onn University College of Technology; ne = 28 for the experimental group and nc= 52 for the control group. The experimental group was asked to use a prescribed PBL method in completing their group assignments while the control group used the conventional method. Data were gathered on students' learning of Fluid Mechanics I, a core subject in mechanical engineering. Two data gathering instruments were used namely, an achievement test as the cognitive measure and a self-assessment questionnaire as the generic skills measure. The results showed that the mean of the PBL group is higher than the conventional group on the cognitive measure as well as the generic skills measure with significant effect sizes ranging from 0.56 to 1.1. It was concluded that PBL is effective at developing cognitive as well as generic skills in mechanical engineering.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Problem-based learning; cognitive skills; generic skills; mechanical engineering
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Professional Education
Depositing User: M.Iqbal Zainal A
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2011 07:54
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2011 07:54
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/1945
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