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Students participation and facilitation in PBL tutorial session

Masek , Alias and Yamin, Sulaiman and Aris, Ridzuan (2013) Students participation and facilitation in PBL tutorial session. In: 4th International Research Symposium on Problem Based Learning (IRSPBL 2013), 2-3 July 2013, Putrajaya, Malaysia.


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Students’ participation in the PBL group discussions has always been associated with the role of facilitator, who is responsible for the effectiveness of tutorial sessions. This paper examines the participation of first-year polytechnic students in PBL group discussions and proposes a method of facilitation. The PBL was implemented for ten weeks according to the fourteen-step PBL procedures. Students solved five problems in a two-week block period. Students’ participation was observed and videotaped. Students also responded using a fixed reflective journal while attending all the tutorial sessions held in the 10-week period. At the beginning of the discussion session, students felt awkward to communicate with other members of the groups. They liked to chat with their partners, and the groups generally lacked discussion skills. A serious discussion session only lasted for less than 10 minutes; as a result, no clear decision was made at the end of the discussion session. Therefore, several suggestions were proposed to develop a facilitation technique: to create an environment conducive to discussions and carry out monitoring every 10 to 15 minutes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: problem-based learning; facilitation; participation; tutorial session; engagement with PBL; electrical engineering
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1050 Educational psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
Divisions: Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Professional Education
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2013 02:21
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 08:02
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/4020
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