Improving Student Interest Through Games in Architecture History Using Constructivism

  • Mayamin Yuhaniz
  • Ismail Samsuddin
Conference paper


In order to improve students’ interest in history classes, a pilot experimental module of producing and playing board games was conducted on 52 fourth-semester architecture students. This paper outlines students’ perceptions of the experimental module. The arguments are based on the learning theory of constructivism, which had been discussed to develop collaboration, promote engagement in class, and create critical thinking process. Investigation of the module’s perception from students was made through observations, questionnaire surveys, and in-depth interviews. The results showed that students create and appreciate collaborations between their peers. Students are seen more active and engaged in the subject even in their free time, and they had developed a creative synthesis in their task by applying the course content in their board game productions. The study hopes research can be extended to other levels of semesters and conduct the experimental module to other subjects than history.


Architecture student History Constructivism Board game 



This work is partially supported by Universiti Teknologi MARA in allowing demonstration of the module and research. The authors also gratefully acknowledge the helpful comments and suggestions of the reviewers, which have improved the presentation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mayamin Yuhaniz
    • 1
  • Ismail Samsuddin
    • 1
  1. 1.Architecture Department, FSPUUniversiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan PerakSeri IskandarMalaysia

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