The application of project-based learning in enhancing students’ engagement In Malaysian studies and English language at Taylors’ College School Of Hospitality and Tourism, Malaysia

Aiedah A.K., Audrey Lee K.C.

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Earlier researchers have shown that project-based learning generally has a positive impact on the learning experience. However, there are no in-depth studies to explore the impact of project-based learning on student engagement in Malaysian Studies and English language. This is an exploratory study that looks at the application of project-based learning on student engagement in learning these particular subjects at Taylor’s College, School of Hospitality and Tourism. The study is based on the implementation of a project assigned to students as part of their assessment in the mentioned subjects. Students were assigned the project in the beginning of the term as part of their continuous assessment. They were required to discuss, plan and look for the information and later organise the information collected to be submitted as a video or folio project. The main objectives of this study are to determine the effect of project-based learning on the students’ engagement in the two subjects, and to improve the teaching and learning experience. The two pertinent research questions for this study are: (1) How does project-based learning affect the engagement of students in their learning process? (2) How can a teacher use projects to maximise a student’s engagement in learning? Data was collected from focus groups, interviews and classroom observations. The findings demonstrate that project-based learning can improve student engagement in subjects such as Malaysian Studies and English language but collaborative learning which is one of the aspects of student engagement is the most challenging part for instructors and students. Based on the findings from this study, suggestions for improvement in the application of project- based learning are also presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-46
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Interdisciplinary Research in Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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