ERIC Number: ED372671
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-8
Problem Based Learning Using Student Consultant Teams.
Beebe, Robert J.
A doctoral seminar for students in educational administration used problem based learning (PBL) with student consultant teams and later evaluated the results of the approach. PBL involves group work in which students address and solve realistic or actual professional problems. The instructor prepares detailed hypothetical problems for the students and facilitates the work of student groups. Fourteen students took this educational personnel administration seminar. Students in groups of 3 or 4 were assigned actual personnel problems provided by two local superintendents that addressed important issues of professional practice and lent themselves to preparation of a written project product: a formal report with specific recommendations. Teams conducted client interviews, reviewed written materials provided by the schools involved, and reviewed a wide variety of other resources. Teams met four times in class to work on their projects and other times outside class. Teams presented their written reports at the last class. When students evaluated the course 11 students assigned the course an "A" and three a "B". Course evaluation forms are appended. (JB)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Consultants, Cooperative Learning, Course Evaluation, Doctoral Programs, Educational Administration, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Problem Based Learning, Program Evaluation, Reports, Seminars, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Teaching Methods, Teamwork
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).