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PhD defence by Mohamad Termizi Borhan

Problem Based Learning (PBL) for Malaysia Teacher Education: Design, Implementation and Evaluation


01.10.2014 kl. 13.00 - 17.00




To meet the goal of educating pre‐service and in‐service school teachers for 21st century schools, teacher
education is demanded to employ an innovative forms of pedagogy that suits adult learners. Being at the
frontline in preparing Malaysian school teachers, teacher educators continually seek better ways to strengthen
their students´ (pre‐service and in‐service school teachers) knowledge, skills and dispositions in order for them
to be successful in diverse classrooms. To meet such demand, Problem Based Learning (PBL) is one of the
teaching and learning approaches designed to foster active learning experience and inculcate skills and
competencies among learners. However, PBL has posed challenges since the approach was too different from the
demands and constraints of contextual needs, i.e. Malaysian teacher education. With regards to this challenge,
the proposed PBL designs have been adjusted to suit the Malaysian teacher education by adopting Design Based
Research (DBR) as the research methodology due to its principles that strive to make learning research more
contextually relevant. Accordingly, this research aims to develop, implement and evaluate PBL designs in the
context of Malaysian teacher education. Data were collected from theoretical, practical and contextual
perspectives and were largely qualitative. The research findings have spoken directly about (1) the methodology,
(2) the PBL design and (3) the teaching and learning activities and materials. Application of DBR as the research
methodology increases the relevance of the PBL design for the Malaysian teacher education since it value and
consider multiple elements that influence learning. Therefore, initiating the new learning practice such as PBL is
possible in a context that is entrenched with traditional learning practice, i.e. Malaysian teacher education. The
research has demonstrated that DBR is a feasible means to reconciliate the distance between PBL and the
present learning environment practiced in Malaysian teacher education.

After the defence the department will host a reception at Vestre Havnepromenade 5 1. room 257. Please send an email to Marianne Nyborg mariannen@plan.aau.dk, if you plan to attend the defence and the reception not later than September 22.


No fee


Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability


Nybrogade 6 room 1.133

Registration Deadline

22.09.2014 kl. 17.00

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