A Preliminary Study on Problem Based Learning and its Implementation in Architectural Education

By Fadzidah Abdullah and Maheran Yaman.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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This paper explores Problem Based Learning (PBL) educational approach and investigates a case study where PBL was implemented in architectural education. It aims to evaluate the appropriateness of Problem Based Learning for the pedagogical improvement and development of architectural education. A preliminary exploration of PBL is essential to understand what the educational approach could offer in improving architectural education. It is found that PBL has been recognised as an innovative educational approach and shown to have the potential to enhance the education process and its outcomes. Many discipline of tertiary education such as engineering, medicine, management, and law, have adopted the educational approach since it was introduced in Medical Faculty of McMaster University, Canada, in the late 1960’s. However, implementation of PBL in architectural education is limited within two (2) schools of architecture only: in Technical University of Delft (TUDelft), the Netherlands, and in University of New Castle, Australia. Further investigation on methods of PBL implementation in TUDelft is carried out to evaluate PBL implementation in architectural education. It is hope that this investigation provides basis to other schools of architecture on what direction architectural education should go in improving the pedagogy of architectural education as a whole.

Keywords: Problem Based Learning, Architectural Education, PBL, Learning Architecture, Teaching Architecture

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.103-118. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1003.347KB).

Dr. Fadzidah Abdullah

Academic Advisor and Lecturer, Department of Architecture, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dr. Fadzidah Abdullah is an assistant Professor in Department of Architecture, Kulliyyah of Environmental Design, International Islamic University in Malaysia. She has been working as a lecturer for 9 years. Previously, she worked in Malaysian Public Department (JKR) and private architectural firm for 6 years. She had experience designing various buildings especially those related to Ministry of Health. Her academic background are as follows: Ph.D in Architecture, University of Strathclyde,Glasgow, UK; Master of Architecture, University of Sheffield , UK; and Bachelor of Architecture,Texas Tech University, USA. She is currently working on research on architectural education and architectural regionalism, but has research interest on all aspects of architecture.

Dr. Maheran Yaman

Lecturer/Head of Department, Department of Landscape Architecture, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

An academia in landscape architecture reside in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Teaching in a 25 years old university consists of 100 international nations. Currently, involved in self sustained development for disabled in local village, using herbs as therapy and economic return. Also, is on an on-going research about colonial landscape archeology back home in Malaysia. A research member too with Kyoto University under JSPS undergoing a research about Mangrove.


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