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Integrating critical thinking and problem solving skills in the teaching of technical courses: The narrative of a Malaysian private university

Idrus, Hairuzila and Mohd Dahan, Hazadiah and Abdullah, Normah (2010) Integrating critical thinking and problem solving skills in the teaching of technical courses: The narrative of a Malaysian private university. Conference Proceeding: 2010 2nd International Congress On Engineering Education (CFP106). pp. 258-263. ISSN ISBN: 978-1-4244-7310-6

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Abstract

This paper seeks to discuss the teaching approaches employed by the lecturers at a private university in integrating one of the soft skills, which is critical thinking and problem solving skills in their teaching of technical courses. in addition, this paper also addresses lecturers' and students' perceptions on the integration of these skills in the teaching and learning of technical courses in order to find out whether there is any significant difference in their perceptions. the methods used to obtain the data were survey questionnaires and interviews. The results indicate that critical thinking and problem solving skills is olaced as most important soft skills by the lecturers and the final year students and is being integrated in the teaching by employing problem-based learning approach, project oriented problem-based approach and project-based approach. The results also reveal that there is no congruence between the lecturers and students in the way they perceived the integration of critical thinking and problem solving skills in the teaching of technical courses. The results are then further discussed.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments / MOR / COE:Departments > Management & Humanities
ID Code:6094
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email hairuzi@petronas.com.my
Deposited On:07 Jul 2011 06:56
Last Modified:19 Jan 2017 08:23

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