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ERIC Number: EJ810577
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1523
A MUVE towards PBL Writing: Effects of a Digital Learning Environment Designed to Improve Elementary Student Writing
Warren, Scott J.; Dondlinger, Mary Jo; Barab, Sasha A.
Journal of Research on Technology in Education, v41 n1 p113-140 Fall 2008
Two major obstacles to using problem-based learning methods with writing in elementary school classrooms are the time it takes to design the learning environment and the time required for students to interact at their own pace with ill-structured problems used to spur student writing. This study examined whether game elements could be used along with Problem Based Learning (PBL) in a digital learning environment to improve student writing. Results from this study included statistically significant decreases in teacher time spent answering procedural and directional questions, increased voluntary student writing, and improved standardized achievement scores on writing tasks. (Contains 2 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4
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Language: English
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