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ERIC Number: ED428738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Examining How Middle School Students Use Problem-Based Learning Software.
Williams, Douglas C.; Hemstreet, Susan; Liu, Min; Smith, Vickie Dunlevy
This study investigated the use of tools and design features as employed in a problem-based learning (PBL) environment and their effectiveness on seventh grade students' learning of science concepts. Specifically, the study examined: (1) the effect of the computer-supported PBL environment on the achievement of middle school students; (2) the effect of the computer-based PBL environment on middle school students' attitudes toward science; and (3) the relationship between students' math or reading ability and their achievement in the PBL environment. Dependent measures were achievement, degree and frequency of access to the tools/features, and attitude toward learning science. The treatment consisted of three groups: computer-supported PBL environment, paper-based PBL, and a control group. Results indicated that: both the groups that used the computer-supported and paper-based PBL significantly improved their achievement scores, while the increase for the control group was not significant; there was no significant difference between the computer-supported and paper groups; students' reading ability is a better predictor for students' achievement in a PBL environment than their math ability; and students' attitude toward learning science was not affected by the introduction of PBL. Two tables and a graph present data. Contains 14 references. (DLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: ED-MEDIA/ED-TELECOM 98 World Conference on Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia & World Conference on Educational Telecommunications. Proceedings (10th, Freiburg, Germany, June 20-25, 1998); see IR 019 307.