Problem-based learning in calculus course: Perception, engagement and performance

Mohd Zin Mokhtar, Mohd Ariff Ahmad Tarmizi, Rohani Ahmad Tarmizi, Ahmad Fauzi Mohd Ayub

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Abstract

Calculus is an important subject for science and engineering students but phenomenally it is abstract, difficult and highly boring. Hence, problem-based learning (PBL) which adopted a student-centered and active learning approach can be used to improve students' participation, interests and performance in learning of calculus. This study is designed to investigate: (1) student's perception about PBL approach in calculus; (2) student's engagement during the acquisition of understanding of calculus and; (3) student's performance as a result of PBL learning experience. A group of 24 Foundation Year students was randomly selected to undergo the PBL approach in Basic Calculus course. A rubric-scoring assessment was used to evaluate students engagement level, a questionnaire with open ended question was used to assess students' perception of PBL learning, and a post-test to measure students' performance after undergoing PBL approach. This pedagogical approach has made the teaching and learning of calculus more interesting and effective. It is also able to develop the potential of individuals to be more creative, critical in their thinking and effective in problem solving.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLatest Trends on Engineering Education - 7th WSEAS International Conference on Engineering Education, EDUCATION'10, International Conference on Education and Educational Technologies
Pages21-25
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2010
Event7th WSEAS International Conference on Engineering Education, EDUCATION'10, International Conference on Education and Educational Technologies - Corfu Island, Greece
Duration: 22 Jul 201024 Jul 2010

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Engineering Education and International Conference on Education and Educational Technologies - Proceedings

Other

Other7th WSEAS International Conference on Engineering Education, EDUCATION'10, International Conference on Education and Educational Technologies
CountryGreece
CityCorfu Island
Period22/07/1024/07/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education

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    Mokhtar, M. Z., Tarmizi, M. A. A., Tarmizi, R. A., & Ayub, A. F. M. (2010). Problem-based learning in calculus course: Perception, engagement and performance. In Latest Trends on Engineering Education - 7th WSEAS International Conference on Engineering Education, EDUCATION'10, International Conference on Education and Educational Technologies (pp. 21-25). (International Conference on Engineering Education and International Conference on Education and Educational Technologies - Proceedings).