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Can PBL work for surface students?

  • Can PBL work for surface students?
  • Flexible learning for a flexible society: refereed proceedings of the ASET / HERDSA 2000 Joint International Conference
  • Queensland
  • 2000
  • ASET / HERDSA 2000 Joint International Conference (2000: University of Southern Queensland)
    • Hong Kong
    • 1997.7 onwards
    • Post-Secondary Education
  • Graduates need to be able to acquire transferable skills so as to enable them gain employment in the treacherous and unpredictable environment of today's world. As educators in the higher education sector, how are we going to engage all students in the deep learning process so that they could resolve problems themselves? This paper delimits the exploration and evaluation of problem-based learning (PBL) and its effects on student learning. In this study, the original pure PBL model is modified and developed into a form that is suitable to both deep and surface students in a Higher Diploma engineering course of Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Tsing Yi). This PBL model started with a problem at the beginning of the term given to a group of students. Then, a variety of teaching and learning modes which included lectures, tutorials, group discussion, and presentation were used to facilitate students to solve the problem. Promising results gathered from summative test and student interview show that this modified PBL model is suitable to students of both learning approaches. This PBL model is worthwhile for further investigation to improve the quality of student learning and problem solving skill to survive in this fast changing society.
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    • English
  • Conference Papers
  • 2010-11-25

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