MATEC Web of Conferences
Volume 150, 2018Malaysia Technical Universities Conference on Engineering and Technology (MUCET 2017)
|Number of page(s)||9|
|Section||Education, Social Science & Technology Management|
|Published online||23 February 2018|
Problem-based Learning (PBL) in Sociolinguistics as a Way of Encouraging Active Learning
English Language Division, Centre for Languages and Pre-university Academic Development, International Islamic University Malaysia, Jalan Gombak, 53100 Kuala Lumpur
The major concern of this paper is to advocate the integration of PBL strategies in classroom instruction as a way of promoting active learning. It is undoubted that the benefits of problem-based learning (PBL) are numerous. In the sciences, PBL has been well integrated in the curriculum. This research reports of an experience of integrating problem-based learning in an introductory Sociolinguistics course for 60 undergraduates of a Bachelors of English programme through a semester that ran for 14 weeks. A focused group interview and questionnaire were used to find out the perceptions of the students undergoing the hybrid PBL course. The findings of this study reveal that students generally enjoyed the PBL approach and found that they had little choice but to become active learners. Some challenges faced by the learners were also highlighted. These findings have implications for the integration of PBL in the field of social sciences.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2018
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