ERIC Number: EJ1084275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Implementation of Problem-Based Learning in Environmental Chemistry
Jansson, Stina; So¨derstro¨m, Hanna; Andersson, Patrik L.; Nording, Malin L.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n12 p2080-2086 Dec 2015
Environmental Chemistry covers a range of topics within the discipline of chemistry, from toxicology to legislation, which warrants interdisciplinary study. Consequently, problem-based learning (PBL), a style of student-centered learning which facilitates the integration of multiple subjects, was investigated to determine if it would be a more appropriate instructional method for teaching Environmental Chemistry than the traditional teacher-centered education model. This article describes the practical aspects of course development and implementation of PBL in a master's level course in Environmental Chemistry. Overall, the results, which were collected from the initial two years of the course, indicated that the students were pleased and found PBL to be an efficient methodology for not only learning, but also acquiring an in-depth understanding of Environmental Chemistry. This is intended as a case-study with the target audience consisting primarily of high school and undergraduate chemistry teachers, but may also be useful for teachers in other subject areas with an interest in student-centered education.
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Chemistry, Environmental Education, College Science, Student Centered Learning, Graduate Students, Curriculum Development, Instructional Effectiveness, Science Instruction, Case Studies, Foreign Countries
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