ERIC Number: ED423550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Problem-Based Learning in Language Instruction: A Constructivist Model. Eric Digest.
Abdullah, Mardziah Hayati
This Digest discusses Problem-Based Learning (PBL), a method developed by H.S. Barrows (1986), and originally created to prepare medical students for real-world problems by letting them solve medical problems based on real cases. The Digest contends that PBL can situate language learning in the real world by posing problems like those found in real life and which are relevant to the learners' situations. The Digest considers the teacher's role as a facilitator in PBL and provides a model of the PBL process. It points out that, although several research groups have developed full PBL curricula, language teachers may find PBL more useful as one method among many, since the inquiry process takes time and does not always meet other curricular demands. (NKA)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Secondary Education, Inquiry, Language Acquisition, Learning Processes, Models, Problem Based Learning, Teacher Role, Theory Practice Relationship
ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Indiana University, 2805 E. 10th Street, Suite 150, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading, English, and Communication, Bloomington, IN.