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ISSN Print: 2229-5518 12    
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Problem-based Learning: An Approach to produce "System Thinking-New Kind Of Engineer"
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Author(s)
PRIYANKA MAHENDRU, D.V.Mahindru
KEYWORDS
Innovation, Ill- structured, Learning, Mentor, Problem, Process, System Thinking, and Understanding
ABSTRACT
This paper describes an investigation of the impact of problem-based learning (PBL) on undergraduate Electronics & Communication engineering students' conceptual understanding and their perceptions of learning using PBL as compared to lecture. Fifty students enrolled in an Electronics & Communication course at a SRMGPC, Lucknow, participated in this research. The study utilized a within-subjects A-B-A-B research design with traditional lecture as the baseline phase and problem-based learning as the experimental phase of the study. Participants completed pre- and post-tests surrounding the four topics covered in the study and also completed a Student Assessment of Learning Gains (SALG) survey. Results suggested participants' learning gains from PBL were twice their gains from traditional lecture. Even though students learned more from PBL, students thought they learned more from traditional lecture. We discuss these findings and offer implications for faculty interested in implementing PBL. Given the limited research on the beneficial effects of PBL on student learning, this study provides empirical support for PBL. We discuss findings from this study and provide specific implications for faculty and researchers interested in problem-based learning in engineering
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7.Brian R. Belland is an assistant professor of instructional technology and learning sciences at Utah State University. His research interests center on the use of technology to support problem-solving and argumentation among middle school and university students, specifically during problem-based units He also is interested in strategies to promote technology inte-gration and the impact of measurement quality on research findings.

8.Brian F. French is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology in the area of Research, Evaluation, and Measurement at Washington State University. Dr. French’s research focuses on applied edu-cational and psychological measurement issues. Specifically, he is interested in test validity. He enjoys applying various psychometric methods to solve applied measurement prob-lems

9.Peggy A. Ertmer is a professor of educational technology at Purdue University. Her research interests relate to helping students become expert instructional designers, specifically through the use of case and problem-based learning methods. She currently serves as the editor of IJPBL.

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