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11. ASSESSING PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING: A CASE STUDY OF A PHYSICS PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING COURSE

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    ABSTRACT: This study was undertaken to assess students’ perception towards implementing an instructional method known as problem-based learing (PBL) in a physics course. Thirty science physics students from the School of Science and Technology (SST), and twenty pre-service science teachers from the School of Education and Social Development (SESD) at the University Malaysia Sabah were involved in this study. The findings in general come up with two themes: communication and sharing knowledge; and help in understanding concepts in Modern Physics/ Physics content knowledge.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper outlines ongoing research investigating students’ approaches to quantitative and qualitative problem solving in physics. This is an empirical study, which was conducted using a phenomenographic approach to analyse and interpret data from individual semi-structured interviews with students from introductory physics courses. The result of the study thus far is a preliminary set of hierarchical categories that describe the students’ problem-solving approaches when faced with various physics problems. The findings from the research presented here indicate that many introductory students in higher education do not approach problem solving in a strategic manner and many do not try to link or use their physics knowledge in order to solve problems.

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May 20, 2014