ERIC Number: ED431607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Problem-Based Learning Approach for Science Teachers' Professional Development.
Wang, HsingChi A.; Thompson, Patricia; Shuler, Charles; Harvey, LaNelle
This paper describes efforts to introduce teachers to three aspects of problem-based learning: (1) learning cases; (2) student-centered learning; and (3) small group cooperative learning. Problem-based learning was woven into the design of professional development institutes because of the organizers' idea that as teachers grow professionally in a problem-based learning environment, they develop a deeper conceptual understanding of problem-based learning and increase their confidence in using this type of approach. Field observations collected on the teacher participants' implementation of problem-based learning showed evidence that elementary teachers especially increased instructional time spent on science lessons. Contains 19 references. (WRM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science (Austin, TX, January 14-17, 1999).