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Problem-based learning experience and self-directed learning readiness among university students

Alias, Maizam and Zainal Alam , Siti Nurzakiah Problem-based learning experience and self-directed learning readiness among university students. In: Proceedings of MUCET2008 Malaysian Technical Universities Conference on Engineering and Technology.


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The ability to self-direct one's learning is the key in inculcating life-long learning culture, which is essential to the development of knowledge workers that are much needed by our fast developing country. The need to develop self-directed learning skills has motivated educators in higher educational institutions to experiment with alternative teaching methods that are believed to be more conducive to the development of self-directed learning. One such method is the problem based learning (PBL) method which has been extolled as having a high potential to promote self-directed learning readiness (SDLR) among learners. The main objective of this study was to determine if PBL experience is related to SDLR level. A cross-sectional study was carried out involving a sample of 260 first year students from the University of Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia. The students were administered a specifically designed SDLR questionnaire to assess their SDLR level after varying exposure to PBL experience. It was found that exposure to PBL experience up to a certain extent is related to higher overall SDLR level beyond which SDLR appears to diminish. However, some dimensions of SDLR were found to be increasing consistently with repeated exposure to PBL. In conclusion, although its efficacy on SDLR as a whole is not supported the data did provide some evidence on the efficacy of PBL as a tool for the development of some dimensions of SDLR.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: problem-based learning; self-directed learning
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1024 Teaching (Principles and practice)
Divisions: Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Professional Education
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2015 07:27
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2015 07:27
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/6802
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