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ERIC Number: EJ1053922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-2332-3205
Integrating Problem-Based Learning with Community-Engaged Learning in Teaching Program Development and Implementation
Hou, Su-I
Universal Journal of Educational Research, v2 n1 p1-9 2014
Purpose: Problem-based learning (PBL) challenges students to learn and work in groups to seek solutions to real world problems. Connecting academic study with community-engaged learning (CEL) experience can deeper learning and thinking. This paper highlights the integration of PBL with CEL in the Implementation Course to engage graduate students in designing theory-based health promotion programs for communities. Methods: Real world scenarios were used in student-led and faculty-facilitated group discussions and projects. The end-of-class reflections and comments from students enrolled in the Implementation Course during 2005-2013 were analyzed (total n = 162). Inductive, descriptive analyses via an iterative process were conducted to identify themes and patterns. Results: Overall the Implementation Course received high evaluation (16-items), ranging from "very good" to "superior" (mean of 4.78 on a 5-point scale). Students commented that (1) the nurturing PBL sessions facilitated critical thinking; (2) the life-changing CEL resulted self-confidence and self-awareness; and (3) the integrated PBL with CEL course design increased relevance. Our community partners also expressed deep appreciation towards the quality work students delivered. Conclusion: The innovations in education provided valuable learning structure for students in higher education and produced theory- and evidence-based intervention plans and material products addressing community-identified health needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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