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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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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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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