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ERIC Number: EJ1066266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0973-8827
Alternative Assessment in Problem-Based Learning: Strengths, Shortcomings and Sustainability
Kumar, Muthu; Natarajan, Uma
Journal on Educational Psychology, v1 n1 p27-35 May-Jul 2007
Problem-based learning (PBL) is a pedagogical method that challenges students to think intuitively, learn cooperatively in groups to seek solutions to real world problems. These problems are used as the building blocks to engage students' curiosity and initiate independent learning of subject matter. Authentic, alternative assessment plays a key role in the effective implementation of a PBL unit. The discussions in this paper are drawn upon the learning experiences of students enrolled in a tertiary institution that has developed its curricular design based upon a rigorous PBL model. Based upon student feedback, some crucial issues focusing on the inherent strengths and pitfalls of authentic assessment techniques in the context of a PBL environment are explored. Students' comments on possible improvements to the assessment system are also analysed in this paper.
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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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