ERIC Number: EJ783965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Reference Count: 0
Problem-Based Inquiry on World Water Problems in Large Undergraduate Classes
Halvorson, Sarah J.; Wescoat, James L., Jr.
Journal of Geography, v101 n3 p91-102 May 2002
This paper reports on the design and implementation of a project-based course--World Water Problems--that was introduced within the framework of introductory undergraduate geography education. The aims of the course were twofold: (1) to cultivate in students a world geographic perspective on water problems; and (2) to conduct an original research project on the search for detailed appraisals, or ex-post evaluations, of completed water projects and programs. The project involved problem-based inquiry and learning through several interrelated tasks including: hypothesis testing, systematic electronic library and database searching, corresponding with water resources experts; and synthesizing of results. Evaluation of the project, and the course more generally, was achieved through a questionnaire administered to the students and a focused in-class discussion. Overall, the students' comments about the course project demonstrate learning in the form of greater knowledge of world geographic regions and water sectors as well as enhancement of database search skills and critical thinking.
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Hypothesis Testing, Electronic Libraries, Databases, Problem Based Learning, World Problems, Student Projects, Undergraduate Study, Water Quality, Water Pollution, Inquiry, Questionnaires, Instructional Effectiveness, Large Group Instruction, Discussion, Student Research
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