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PBL as a powerful teaching and learning tool to enhance humanistic skills among undergraduates

Othman, Hussain and Mohd Salleh, Berhannudin and Sulaiman, Abdullah and Syed Abdullah, Syed Muhammad Dawilah al-Edrus PBL as a powerful teaching and learning tool to enhance humanistic skills among undergraduates. In: International Conference on Human Capital Development (ICONHCD 2009), 25-27 Mei 2009, Kuantan, Pahang.


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Teaching undergraduates at tertiary level is surely not an easy task what more when your students are engineering undergraduates who need to be competent not only in the content area but the generic skills as well. Surveys suggest that the generic aspect demand equal if not greater emphasis in order to produce competent marketable graduates. However, in Malaysia many undergraduates come from an exam-oriented schooling system that lacks the ingredient to develop both the content and generic skills. Hence, a proper teaching method should be applied at tertiary level so that the students graduated from universities are competent in generic skills. At University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Problem Based Learning (PBL) has been used as a teaching and learning method since 2005. This method was purposely selected to develop and enhance not only the technical and hard skills but more importantly the generic or humanistic skills of the students. A complete Self Directed Learning module was developed to be a systematic teaching and learning manual for both lecturers and students. A study was then conducted on a group of 140 students in order to see the impact of PBL on the development of students’ humanistic skills. This is a descriptive survey research in which it utilises both quantitative and qualitative data. The finding shows that the PBL method has successfully developed many of the essential humanistic skills of the students. Some suggestions have been made for future studies and to improve the implementation of PBL among lecturers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Problem Based Learning; learning skills; generic skills; humanistic skills; undergraduates
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2012 08:45
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2012 08:45
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/2720
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