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The effectiveness of problem-based learning in the web-based environment for the delivery of an undergraduate physics course


Hanafi Atan 
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
ahanafi@usm.my

Fauziah Sulaiman 
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
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Rozhan M Idrus 
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
rozhan@usm.my

 

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Abstract

This paper reports the investigation of the effectiveness of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) within a web-based environment in the delivery of an undergraduate Physics course. The effectiveness was evaluated by comparing the performances and the perceptions of the sample students (n=67) using the web-based PBL and comparing the outcomes with those of the web-based Content-Based Learning (CBL). The comparative post-test performance analysis conducted using a student t-test statistical analysis (p<0.05) revealed that the experimental web-based PBL approach yielded better performances than the controlled CBL approach. Where perceptions were concerned, the analysis also revealed that students exposed to the web-based PBL approach responded more positively with their knowledge enhancement compared to students exposed to the web-based CBL approach. 

Problem-based learning, web-based learning environment, physics education, constructivism, online learning

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 Atan, H., Sulaiman, F. and  Idrus, R.M. (2005) The effectiveness of problem-based learning in the web-based environment for the delivery of an undergraduate physics course. International Education Journal, 6 (4), 430-437.
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