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Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 759241, 6 pages
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Research Article

The Impact of Instructional Methods on Critical Thinking: A Comparison of Problem-Based Learning and Conventional Approach in Engineering Education

Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Johor 86400, Malaysia

Received 15 December 2011; Accepted 9 February 2012

Academic Editor: A. Desoete

Copyright © 2012 Alias Masek and Sulaiman Yamin. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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