ERIC Number: ED477414
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Incorporating a Problem-Based Learning Environment for Hispanic Learners and Students with Disabilities in Univariate Statistics.
Kennedy, Helen L.
A college statistics class for limited-English-speaking Hispanic students and students with disabilities incorporates principles of problem-based learning. Sessions start with brainstorming in which real-life problems are presented to raise issues, encourage participation, and generate enthusiasm. Using negotiation, the issues generated in the brainstorming session are trimmed to clearly definable learning tasks representing essential ideas and linkages. Next, groups of three to five students are formed and designate one member each as an "ambassador" to other groups to obtain and communicate required information. This designation changes with each problem and ensures that by the end of the course, the students have interacted with many different classmates. Reports are due 2 weeks after distribution of the problem. In the intervening week, a session is held to discuss any issues that require clarification. Presentations by each group occur at a culminating session. The groups are responsible for demonstrating how their smaller problem interrelates into a larger research problem as initially represented. Each student grades the presentations and includes comments, based on a scoring rubric. Their marks and the teacher's are averaged into a group mark that is allotted to each group member, and comments are distributed to each student. Each group submits a written statistical analysis of the smaller problems. Questionnaires returned by 130 students indicate that students regard problem-based learning as more challenging, worthwhile, and meaningful than traditional instruction. Two sample problems are presented. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: An Imperfect World: Resonance from the Nation's Violence. 2002 Monograph Series, Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the National Association of African American Studies, the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, the National Association of Native American Studies, and the International Association of Asian Studies (Houston, TX, February 11-16, 2002).