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ERIC Number: EJ1139891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr-23
Abstractor: As Provided
Theme: The 21st Century Adult Learner
Lopez Brown, P.
Educational Research and Reviews, v12 n8 p540-548 Apr 2017
Problem-based learning is an innovative educational approach that is gaining prominence in higher education using "real world" problems or situations as a context for learning. The present study explored the use of problem-based learning with teacher trainees of the University of Belize. Using a concurrent mixed method design with 74 teachers in training from the Belmopan and the EU Sugar Belt Project in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts, teachers in training were immersed in the development and application of Problem-Based lessons, and learning centres. Identified in survey instruments is that, problem-based learning can be applied across all areas of study of Belize's Primary and Lower Secondary curricula by aligning concepts with authentic problems stimulates critical thinking, and provides the use of a pragmatic approach to teach real- life concepts. Responses from focus group interviews and application of Problem-based learning centres with primary and secondary students are that this inductive model of teaching stimulates higher order learning when compared to other traditional pedagogical practices.
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Foreign Countries, Problem Based Learning, Preservice Teacher Education, Mixed Methods Research, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education, Active Learning, Critical Thinking, Cooperative Learning, Student Attitudes, Student Centered Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Belize