Predictors and correlates of readiness for problem-based learning in Singapore polytechnic courses

Weiliang Lim

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Abstract

Problem-based Learning (PBL) has been widely adopted since its inception in the 1960s. Many students, however, have difficulties learning in the PBL environment. This research sought to identify the reasons for this. Characteristics investigated were students' epistemic beliefs, personality traits, self-esteem, social anxiety and learning approaches. Students' readiness in problem-solving, self-directed learning, collaborative learning, and critical thinking will indicate their readiness for PBL. Correlations between readiness for PBL and module outcomes were also explored. Results indicated that some students' characteristics were robust predictors. Readiness for PBL also emerged as a significant mediator of relationships between students' characteristics and module outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctorate
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Chapman, Elaine, Supervisor
  • Andrich, David, Supervisor
Award date1 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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