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PhD defence by Prarthana Coffin



20.04.2015 kl. 13.00 - 17.00


Assessment Committee

  • Senior Lecturer Tom W Adawi, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Associate Professor Dr. Marlia binti Puteh, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Professor Thomas Ryberg (chairman)

In order to improve the quality of active learning and student‐centered learning at Mae Fah Luang University
(MFU), Problem‐Based Learning (PBL) was proposed as the alternative. Consequently, this PhD research project
stems from the university’s vision and policy in searching for an educational strategy that will foster active
learning. The overall objectives of the research project are to design, implement, and assess the impact of PBL
implemented in a Thai university. In order to achieve the objectives set forth, Design‐Based Research (DBR)
played a crucial role throughout this PhD research project. Because of the influence of DBR, implementing PBL at
MFU proceeded through a systematic process of planning, implementing, and assessing the new designs. Data
collection was largely qualitative and was divided into two stages. Data collection of the first stage included
document analysis, a case study, and interviewing PBL experts. The results of this first stage inspired and guided
the PBL designs to be implemented at MFU. The designs involved both PBL curriculum design and PBL staff
training design. Stage two of data collection comprised case studies which concerned the actual implementation
of the designs (the practice), the investigation on the impact of the implementation, and the evaluation of the
designs. The research findings suggested that implementing PBL in the MFU context yielded more advantages
than disadvantages to both students and teachers. Furthermore, the study also revealed that the PBL process
obviously stimulated a more active learning environment. In addition to discussing the research findings, the
study also presents a detailed analysis of the implementation of PBL at MFU, and points out the potential for
generalization of the study to other educational contexts.

The department will host a small reception at Vestre Havnepromenade 5 1. room 257, afterthe defence.

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Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability


Nybrogade 6 room 1.102

Registration Deadline

14.04.2015 kl. 18.00

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