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Hartman, Pamela; Renguette, Corinne; Seig, Mary Theresa – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2018
We designed a professional development (PD) teacher-mentor program that used problem-based learning (PBL) to accomplish two goals. First, teachers explored how PBL could be used effectively in their classrooms to change the way they think about teaching to include literacy development in content areas. Second, PBL was the basis for PD training to…
Descriptors: Multicultural Education, Problem Based Learning, Literacy, Mentors
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Schettino, Carmel – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2016
One recommendation for encouraging young women and other underrepresented students in their mathematical studies is to find instructional methods, such as problem-based learning (PBL), that allow them to feel included in the learning process. Using a more relationally centered pedagogy along with more inclusive instructional methods may be a way…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Mathematics Instruction, Females, Qualitative Research
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Svihla, Vanessa; Reeve, Richard – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2016
While problem solving is a relatively well understood process, problem framing is less well understood, particularly with regard to supporting students to learn as they frame problems. Project-based learning classrooms are an ideal setting to investigate how teachers facilitate this process. Using participant observation, this study investigated…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Design, Participant Observation
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deChambeau, Aim̩e L.; Ramlo, Susan E. РInterdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2016
Problem-based learning (PBL) has been gaining in popularity, especially within the context of STEM-based (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) schools. Program assessments for these schools typically focus on student standardized test scores rather than the needs of the teachers. This study utilized anecdote circles, storytelling via…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, STEM Education, Teacher Attitudes, Problem Based Learning
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Ertmer, Peggy A.; Schlosser, Sarah; Clase, Kari; Adedokun, Omolola – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2014
A mixed-methods research study was designed to examine teachers' knowledge and confidence for implementing a STEM-based problem-based learning (PBL) unit in their 6-12 grade science and math classrooms. Twenty-one teachers (7 in-service and 13 pre-service) participated in an intensive two-week summer workshop during which they engaged in, and then…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, STEM Education
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Brush, Thomas; Saye, John – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2014
For over a decade, we have collaborated with secondary school history teachers in an evolving line of inquiry that applies research-based propositions to the design and testing of a problem-based learning framework and a set of wise practices that represent a professional teaching knowledge base for implementing a particular model of instruction,…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Problem Based Learning, Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Pecore, John L. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2013
Problem-based learning (PBL) is a constructivist method of instruction aligned with the science educational reform movement to increase scientific literacy for all Americans. As such, PBL instruction is an increasingly popular topic for professional development workshops offered to teachers in secondary learning environments. This research…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Workshops
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Asghar, Anila; Ellington, Roni; Rice, Eric; Johnson, Francine; Prime, Glenda M. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2012
Science education scholars emphasize the significance of an integrative, interdisciplinary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education that encourages students to learn about the natural world through exploration, inquiry, and problem-solving experiences. This article reports on a professional development program aimed at…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Secondary School Science, Faculty Development, Secondary School Teachers
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Walker, Andrew; Recker, Mimi; Robertshaw, M. Brooke; Osen, Jeffrey; Leary, Heather; Ye, Lei; Sellers, Linda – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2011
This article describes two consecutive enactments of technology-oriented teacher professional development designs, aimed at helping teachers find high-quality online learning resources and use them in designing effective problem-based learning (PBL) activities for their students. To align with current professional development prescriptions, in the…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Technology Integration, Mixed Methods Research, Instructional Design
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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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Weizman, Ayelet; Covitt, Beth A.; Koehler, Matthew J.; Lundeberg, Mary A.; Oslund, Joy A.; Low, Mark R.; Eberhardt, Janet; Urban-Lurain, Mark – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2008
In this study we measured changes in science teachers' conceptual science understanding (content knowledge) and pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) while participating in a problem-based learning (PBL) model of professional development. Teachers participated in a two-week long workshop followed by nine monthly meetings during one academic year…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Scientific Concepts, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Knowledge Level
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Brush, Thomas; Saye, John – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2008
This research extends a continuing line of inquiry investigating how multimedia resources might be joined with other support structures to effectively implement problem-based inquiry (PBI) activities in secondary history classrooms. Two history teachers with experience in PBI implemented a technology-supported problem-based civil rights unit in…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Inquiry, Learner Engagement, Empathy
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Mergendoller, John R.; Maxwell, Nan L.; Bellisimo, Yolanda – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2006
This study compared the effectiveness of problem-based learning (PBL) and traditional instructional approaches in developing high-school students' macroeconomics knowledge and examined whether PBL was differentially effective with students demonstrating different levels of four aptitudes: verbal ability, interest in economics, preference for group…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Student Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Comparative Analysis