A Leap of Faith: Innovative Changes in Problem-based Learning Delivery on a Malaysian Campus

By Badariah Ahmad, Susan Thomas and Tessa Dunseath.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Monash University Sunway Campus usually conducts Problem-Based Learning (PBL) twice a week for both Year One and Year Two medical students. However, in 2009 PBL session was reduced from a two-day PBL session to a single day. The main objective of this action research paper is to compare and evaluate the single day session and the two-day session in terms of strengths and weaknesses and to propose possible solutions to the school and other campuses to improve the current practice. A qualitative approach, using focus group interviews were used to collect data from the medical students. Questionnaires were distributed to tutors facilitating the PBL sessions. The results showed that the new approach in PBL delivery was favorably accepted both by students and tutors. This approach, which was initiated by the Malaysian campus, was adopted by both campuses in Australia and Malaysia.

Keywords: Problem-based Learning, Focus Group, Evaluation, Implementation, Medical, Education

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.35-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 278.154KB).

Dr. Badariah Ahmad

Senior Lecturer (Physiology), Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Sunway Campus, Sunway, Selangor, Malaysia

Senior Lecturer and PBL Coordinator. Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Sunway Campus, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, 46150 Bandar Sunway, Selangor D.E. Malaysia.

Susan Thomas

School Medical Education Unit Coordinator, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Sunway Campus, Selangor, Malaysia

PhD Student from University Malaya and Lead Coordinator for School of Medicine Education Unit. Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Sunway Campus, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, 46150 Bandar Sunway, Selangor D.E. Malaysia.

Tessa Dunseath

Professor Medical Education, Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Michigan State University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tessa Dunseath is the Executive Director of Michigan State University, Dubai, U.A.E.

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