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Liu, Min; Liu, Sa; Pan, Zilong; Zou, Wenting; Li, Chenglu – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2019
Most of the previous problem-based learning (PBL) studies have been conducted with gifted or regular education students and have shown successes. However, little research on PBL exists for disadvantaged middle school students, especially students who are considered to be at risk of failing academically. In this study, we examined the use of a…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, At Risk Students, Multimedia Instruction, Middle School Students
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Lee, Huei-Chen; Blanchard, Margaret R. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2019
This quantitative study examined factors underlying middle and high school teachers' choices about whether to use problem-based learning (PBL). Survey items measured respondents' perceived competence, autonomy, and relatedness, and the value and costs they placed on implementing PBL. Teachers who have taught with PBL (n = 126) had significantly…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Problem Based Learning, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers
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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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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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Liu, Min; Horton, Lucas; Lee, Jaejin; Kang, Jina; Rosenblum, Jason; O'Hair, Matthew; Lu, Chu-Wei – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2014
This paper describes the design and development process used to create Alien Rescue, a multimedia-enhanced learning environment that supports problem-based learning (PBL) in middle school science. The goal of the project is to further our understandings of technology, pedagogy, and instructional theories as they relate to the application of PBL…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Science Instruction, Problem Based Learning, Multimedia Instruction
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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
Brown, Scott W.; Lawless, Kimberly A.; Boyer, Mark A. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2013
Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional design approach for promoting student learning, understanding and knowledge development in context rich settings. Previous PBL research has primarily focused on face-to-face learning environments, but current technologies afford PBL designers the opportunities to create online, virtual, PBL…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Instructional Design, Blended Learning, Simulated Environment
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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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Grant, Michael M. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2011
Project-based learning offers promise as an instructional method that affords authentic learning tasks grounded in the personal interests of learners. While previous research has presented results of learning gains, motivations, and teacher experiences, limited empirical research has presented student perspectives in project-based learning. This…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Student Attitudes, Beliefs
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Zhang, Meilan; Lundeberg, Mary; McConnell, Tom J.; Koehler, Matthew J.; Eberhardt, Jan – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2010
Previous research has shown that questioning is a key strategy that facilitators use to promote discussion in Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Yet, there is a lack of detailed understanding on what questions facilitators ask and how those questions affect discussion. In this study we examined different types of questions that experienced facilitators…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Questioning Techniques, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Science Instruction
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Hjalmarson, Margret A.; Diefes-Dux, Heidi – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2008
The study investigated tool development by three middle school mathematics teachers. The tools they designed were intended to support the use of model-eliciting activities (a form of instruction related to problem-based learning) and particularly the students' presentations of their solutions for the whole class. The study examined the design and…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Instructional Design, Mathematics Instruction
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Belland, Brian R.; Ertmer, Peggy A.; Simons, Krista D. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2006
While problem-based learning (PBL) has been found to be effective with gifted and average students (Hmelo-Silver, 2004), little is known about its impact on students with special needs. This study examines the perceptions of middle-school students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities and of their teachers regarding the value of…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Disabilities, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes