Problem-based Learning - Teachers and Students Term Paper by Nicky

Problem-based Learning - Teachers and Students
A look at the use of problem-based learning in the classroom.
# 148528 | 1,552 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2011 in Education (Curriculum) , Education (Teaching Methods)

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This paper explores problem-based learning, an approach in which students solve problems as a small group and then give feedback as to their experiences. First, the paper highlights the positive aspects of this method, further explaining how it differs from a traditional classroom experience. Various scholars and their research are also cited, supporting problem-based learning. The paper concludes by presenting the students' perspective on problem-based learning.


Vs. Traditional
The Students' Perspective

From the Paper:

"Additionally, once knowledge is attained or at least made available, it is believed that the
student learns to more aptly apply it. Finally, the "real-life" focal point of the method allows students to feel more confident and to better learn and retain new knowledge (Norman, 2008). It is a benefit to students, so the theory goes, that "ill-structured" problems are presented to them. These ill-structured problems are those in which the initial situations do not provide all the information necessary to develop a solution; there is no single right way to approach the task of problem solving; as new information is gathered, the problem definition changes; and
students are never completely sure that they have made the best selection among solution options."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Canavan, B. (2008, April). A summary of the findings from an evaluation of problem-based learning... International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education - peer reviewed , pp. 175-180, Vol. 45, Issue 2.
  • Capon, N., & Kuhn, D. (2004). What's so good about problem-solving learning. Cognition and Instruction , pp. 61-79.
  • Cerezo, N. (2004). Problem-based learning in the middle school. Research in Middle Level Education Online - peer reviewed , 20-42, Vol. 27, Issue 1.
  • Chin, C., & Chia, L. G. (2008, November). Problem-based learning tools. Science Teacher - peer reviewed , pp. 44-49, Vol. 75, Issue 8.
  • Norman, G. (2008, January 1). Problem-based learning makes a difference. But why? Canadian Medical Association Journal - peer reviewed , pp. 61-62, Vol. 178, Issue 1.

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