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ERIC Number: EJ1022975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0009-8655
Problem-Based Learning as an Effective Strategy for Science Teacher Professional Development
McConnell, Tom J.; Parker, Joyce M.; Eberhardt, Janet
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v86 n6 p216-223 2013
The Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Project for Teachers included three days of professional development using PBL to deepen teachers' content knowledge. Teachers identified the content area in which they wished to work from a list of choices. They worked in facilitated groups of from five to nine participants to solve rich, ill-structured problems. Content knowledge was assessed based on teachers' written responses to at least one general question and one application question in which they explained some everyday phenomena. Teachers responded to these questions two months before and at the end of the professional development; 80.5 percent of the 41 middle and high school teachers who participated showed improved content knowledge. We also examined the patterns in teachers' incoming content knowledge and changes in content knowledge. The data indicate that the PBL approach used here was effective in improving the content knowledge of teachers independent of demographic factors and type and degree of incoming content knowledge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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