The Social Sciences

Year: 2017
Volume: 12
Issue: 7
Page No. 1128 - 1135

Research Laboratory-Based Learning (LBL) Methodology in Instilling Multi Skills and Ethical Work Habits for Engineering Students in Japan

Authors : M.S. Aludin and S.M. Saifuddeen

Abstract: This study introduces research Laboratory-Based Learning (LBL) as a practical learning methodology for engineering students at Japanese universities. LBL methodology is mainly based on Vygotsky’s social constructivism learning theory. In LBL methodology, students are encouraged to experience free exploration during learning process while at the same time the social interaction and apprenticeship culture embedded in this methodology are able to instill multi skills and ethical work habits among the students. There are nine elements that characterized LBL methodology: professor leadership, structured organization, enclosed physical environment, group research, mentoring and apprenticeship, engagement in research tasks and activities, student-centered approach, holistic approach and cohort system. Learning by LBL methodology is akin to working in a well-established corporate factory in terms of commitment delivered and the professional working style practiced. Such learning experience instills positive attributes in graduates and designs employable graduates tailor-made to fit well in the job markets. This study therefore, attempts to suggest LBL method to be implemented for undergraduate (final year students) and postgraduate program or any research group in university, in the hope that the teaching and learning experience, particularly in engineering and technology program, can be enhanced and be made more meaningful.

How to cite this article:

M.S. Aludin and S.M. Saifuddeen, 2017. Research Laboratory-Based Learning (LBL) Methodology in Instilling Multi Skills and Ethical Work Habits for Engineering Students in Japan. The Social Sciences, 12: 1128-1135.

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