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Whitlock, Annie McMahon – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2019
In this paper, I describe the implementation of a project-based economics unit in a fifth-grade classroom in Michigan, titled One Hen. One Hen is a curricular unit designed to teach students about social entrepreneurship as a way for students to learn economic concepts while developing their own civic efficacy by engaging in a project where they…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Elementary School Students, Economics Education
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Valentine, Keri Duncan – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2018
With an increased push to integrate coding and computational literacy in K-12 learning environments, teacher educators will need to consider ways they might support preservice teachers (PSTs). This paper details a tinkering approach used to engage PSTs in thinking computationally as they worked with geometric concepts they will be expected to…
Descriptors: Methods Courses, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Smith, Shaunna – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2018
In the context of a 10-day summer camp makerspace experience that employed design-based learning (DBL) strategies, the purpose of this descriptive case study was to better understand the ways in which children use visualization skills to negotiate design as they move back and forth between the world of nondigital design techniques (i.e., drawing,…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Visualization, Spatial Ability, Visual Literacy
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Rillero, Peter; Koerner, Mari; Jimenez-Silva, Margarita; Merrit, Joi; Farr, Wendy J. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2017
Teachers need to be able to design and implement problem-based learning (PBL) experiences to help students master the content and the processes in new mathematics and science education standards. Due to the changed population of learners within schools, it is also critically important that teachers in the elementary grades have the abilities to…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Language Minorities, Mathematics Instruction
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Merritt, Joi; Lee, Mi Yeon; Rillero, Peter; Kinach, Barbara M. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2017
This systematic literature review was conducted to explore the effectiveness of problem-based and project-based learning (PBL) implemented with students in early elementary to grade 8 (ages 3-14) in mathematics and science classrooms. Nine studies met the following inclusion criteria: (a) focus on PBL, (b) experimental study, (c) kindergarten to…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Active Learning, Student Projects, Instructional Effectiveness
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Dole, Sharon; Bloom, Lisa; Doss, Kristy K. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2017
This study used structured online interviews with teachers to examine the impact that inquiry-based teaching methods had on their students. The research question was the following: What are the effects on student learning and motivation as a result of teachers using problem-based and project-based learning? Interviews were conducted with 36…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Active Learning, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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Smith, Shaunna – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2016
This ethnographic case study investigated how the process of learning during a yearlong after-school, project-based learning (PjBL) experience could be documented by student-created reflective videos. Guided by social constructivism, constant comparative analysis was used to explore the meaningful learning that took place in addition to the…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Video Technology, Reflection, Active Learning
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Nariman, Nahid; Chrispeels, Janet – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2016
We explore teachers' efforts to implement problem-based learning (PBL) in an elementary school serving predominantly English learners. Teachers had an opportunity to implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) using PBL in a summer school setting with no test-pressures. To understand the challenges and benefits of PBL implementation, a…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Elementary School Students, Prior Learning, Cooperative Learning
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Cicchino, Marc I. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2015
Previous research indicates the importance of student discourse in the construction of knowledge and the fostering of critical thinking skills, especially in the field of problem-based learning (PBL). Further, a growing body of research on game-based learning (GBL) draws parallels between playing certain types of games and the solving of…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Educational Games, Problem Based Learning
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Glazewski, Krista D.; Shuster, Michèle; Brush, Thomas A.; Ellis, Andrea – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2014
Socioscientific Inquiry (SSI) represents one approach designed to target interest and knowledge in science. In this context, students consider scientific issues that have social implications and require a range of trade-offs, concepts, and considerations in order to arrive at informed conclusions (Sadler, 2004). However, inquiry tasks in general…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Graduate Study, Cooperation, Teaching Methods
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Cross Francis, Dionne; Hudson, Rick; Vesperman, Crystal; Perez, Arnulfo – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2014
Recent calls have been made to enhance and extend the statistical experiences of K-12 students. However, to ensure that such goals are met, teachers also need to develop deep conceptual understanding and pedagogical content knowledge that are essential to statistical thinking and reasoning. In this regard, over the past two decades, leading…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Technology Uses in Education, Teacher Education Curriculum, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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Tamim, Suha R.; Grant, Michael M. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2013
The purpose of this descriptive study was to explore inservice teachers' definitions of project-based learning (PjBL) and their accounts on the meaning of their PjBL implementations. A purposive sample of six teachers from grades four through twelve in public and private schools participated. Three themes evolved from inductive analysis: (1)…
Descriptors: Definitions, Case Studies, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Swan, Karen; Vahey, Philip; van 't Hooft, Mark; Kratcoski, Annette; Rafanan, Ken; Stanford, Tina; Yarnall, Louise; Cook, Dale – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2013
The research reported in this paper explores the applicability and efficacy of a variant of problem-based learning, the Preparation for Future Learning (PFL) approach, to teaching and learning within the context of a cross-curricular, middle school data literacy unit called "Thinking with Data" (TWD). A quasi-experimental design was used…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, Middle Schools, Quasiexperimental Design
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Gallagher, Shelagh A.; Gallagher, James J. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2013
One goal of the US Department of Education-funded Project Insights was to see if the use of Problem-based Learning (PBL) would encourage students to reveal previously unseen academic potential. Two PBL units were taught to 271 sixth grade students in 13 classrooms. Afterwards, teachers identified students who demonstrated previously unseen…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Academic Ability, Grade 6, Units of Study
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Liu, Min; Wivagg, Jennifer; Geurtz, Renata; Lee, Shih-Ting; Chang, Hyeseung Maria – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2012
This study examined how a group of ten middle school teachers implemented a technology enriched problem-based learning (PBL) environment. The goal was to understand their motivation, document their implementation techniques, and identify factors that teachers considered important in using technology-based PBL tools in their teaching. The analysis…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Curriculum
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