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ERIC Number: EJ819730
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
Students' Perceptions of Problem-Based Learning
Kumar, Muthu; Kogut, Galyna
Teacher Development, v10 n1 p105-116 Mar 2006
Problem-based learning has in recent times aroused keen curiosity due to its pedagogical orientation of facilitating students' active construction of knowledge. As a curriculum model it is designed based upon the solving of either simulated or real-life problems that generally tend to be ill-structured and open-ended. In such a model students are encouraged to become independent, self-directed learners who determine their own learning outcomes. Against the backdrop of such an instructional setting, the teacher's traditional role undergoes a paradigm shift from being authoritative to facilitative. The teacher now becomes situated as an active partner in the learning transactions by scaffolding the learning processes of the students at appropriate junctions. In this article the authors look at a study that the first-named author conducted to elicit feedback from a class of 25 first-year polytechnic tertiary students for the module of "cognitive processes and problem solving". These students have been exposed to problem-based learning methodologies throughout their entire curriculum for two semesters. This study identifies both the inherent strengths and limitations in implementing problem-based learning modules at institution-wide levels.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore