The Benefits of Adopting a Problem-Based Learning Approach on Students’ Learning Developments in Secondary Geography Lessons

  •  Mohd Caesar    
  •  Rosmawijah Jawawi    
  •  Rohani Matzin    
  •  Masitah Shahrill    
  •  Jainatul Jaidin    
  •  Lawrence Mundia    


Problem-based learning (PBL) provides an appealing framework for teaching and learning not only within the subject of geography but also across other disciplines. It promotes a healthy environment for active learning with its diverse sets of activities, helping students carry out investigative inquiry in the learning processes. This study examines the potential benefits of adopting a PBL approach in teaching and learning in secondary geography classrooms. It takes into account the inputs needed from both teacher and students in determining the success of the approach implementation. The study shows how, through careful planning and preparation, PBL activities can effectively enhance students’ engagements and improve their grasp of geographical content knowledge. However, the teacher’s shortcomings in performing the role of facilitator did highlight a limitation for the research, which hindered the success of the implementation. Future research should continue to actively examine experiences from teachers in PBL applications, discussing the circumstances to identify the conditions necessary for successful implementation of PBL within a variety of contexts.

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