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Effects of project-based learning strategy on self-directed learning skills of educational technology students.


Bagheri, Mohsen and Wan Ali, Wan Zah and Abdullah, Maria Chong and Mohd Daud, Shaffe (2013) Effects of project-based learning strategy on self-directed learning skills of educational technology students. Contemporary Educational Technology, 4 (1). pp. 15-29. ISSN 1309-517X


Given the importance of globalization as well as the need to train skilled and knowledgeable employees for the 21st century workforce, higher education needs to take a more critical look at the educational practices and instructional methods which lead to improvements in students’ essential skills such as self-directed learning. This study sought to examine the effects of project-based learning (PoBL) strategy on students’ self-directed learning skills in a system-based education course offered in the educational technology department of Arak University in Iran. In order to achieve this end, a sample of 78 students in the field of educational technology who enrolled in the system-based education course was selected. Subjects were randomly assigned to one of the two groups: the experimental group (PoBL strategy) and control group (conventional teaching strategy). The self-directed learning readiness scale (SDLRS) was administrated three times (i.e. pretest, post-test one, and post-test two). The experimental group received the PoBL strategy and the control group was exposed to conventional teaching (CT) methods. The results of two-way repeated measure ANOVA tests revealed that students who were taught using PoBL strategy performed significantly better in terms of self-directed learning skills than did students who were taught using CT strategy.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
Publisher: Contemporary Educational Technology
Keywords: Project-based learning; Self-directed learning; Educational technology; Higher education.
Depositing User: Emelda Mohd Hamid
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2014 02:33
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2015 07:17
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/29063
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