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Student-centered learning: an approach in physics learning style using problem-based learning (PBL) method

Ali, Ahmad Hadi and Rubani, Siti Nur Kamariah (2009) Student-centered learning: an approach in physics learning style using problem-based learning (PBL) method. In: International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2009 (ICTLHE09), 23-25 November 2009, Kuala Lumpur.


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The motivation in implementing problem-based learning (PBL) in Physics education was started since 2007. It is one of the university aspirations to educate students using the student-centered learning (SCL) approach. Since Physics is said as one of the toughest subject, and most of the students feel ‘fear’ to learn physics. Hence it is better for the students to learn physics using hands-on method. This paper will discuss the implementation of PBL in physics and student perception on the learning method. The study was performed on engineering students taking Physics 1 subject in the first semester. They were learned the physics topics for some weeks as a part of their learning method. The test on the perception of the students was carried out by distributing questionnaire at the end of PBL session. The results were analyzed using SPSS software. From the observation results it shows that most of the students, with 92% of them agree the PBL method provide some benefits to them. In addition, the students show excellent improvement after the PBL program. They are able to work as a good team member, excellent presenter, improved interpersonal communication and critical thinking.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: problem-based learning (PBL), physics
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Faculty of Applied Science and Technology > Department of Humanities
Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Professional Education
Depositing User: Faizul Sahari
Date Deposited: 11 May 2010 06:14
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 07:45
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/294
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