Students' perceptions on their ability to engage critical thinking in a problem-based learning online environment

Fauziah Sulaiman, (2011) Students' perceptions on their ability to engage critical thinking in a problem-based learning online environment. In: 5th International Malaysian Education Technology Convention (IMETC 2011) Malaysian Education Technology Association , 16-19 October 2009, Kuantan, Pahang . (Submitted)

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This paper reports the evaluation of students' perception on their capability to engage critical thinking in a problem-based learning online (PBL online) environment. The learning process intervention was took place throughout the second semester of 200812009 academic yea~ at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia. Thirty science physics students from the School of Science and Technology (SST}, and twenty preservice science teachers from the School of Education and Social Development (SESD) which then form ten collaborative groups ( 4-5 members in each group) were involved. The samples followed all the PBL learning activities (i.e., learner-centred, self-directed learning, inductive learning, collaborative and interdependent learning). Data were gathered through an open-ended questions and a semi-structured focus group interviews after the students finished with the learning activities by the end of the semester. The findings in general can be categorised in three themes: critical thinking improved; managed to engage in critical thinking; and managed to generate related ideas. In the mean time, majority of SST students agreed that: it does mind activation and brainstorming; and they were able to think in terms of cause and effect. Whilst SESD students agreed they can: think more freely and; answer in more acceptable ways.

Item Type:Conference Paper (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Problem-based learning, Online Learning, Critical thinking
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
ID Code:8658
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:04 Apr 2014 16:20
Last Modified:09 Sep 2014 15:18

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