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ERIC Number: EJ813320
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0094-1956
The Use of Wireless Technology to Augment Problem-Based Learning in Special Education Preservice Teacher Training
Blackbourn, J. M.; Fillingim, Jennifer G.; McCelland, Susan; Elrod, G. Franklin; Medley, Meagan B.; Kritsonis, Mary Alice; Ray, Jan
Journal of Instructional Psychology, v35 n2 p169-176 Jun 2008
This study examines the use of wireless laptop technology to support the application of problem-based learning (PBL) in a special education methods course. This field based course used a progressive disclosure process in weekly seminars to address issues posed in a case study. Eight scenarios, all related to the case, were presented to upper level undergraduates in the methods course seminars. These preservice teachers were divided into groups of five for scenario analysis and surveyed, following course completion, regarding the use of wireless laptop technology in support of the PBL process. The survey results showed that the students used the laptops immediately to research those learning issues associated with each case scenarios. In addition, the students modified and improved the existing framework for the PBL process to eliminate the need for a scribe to transcribe group discussion comments. The survey further indicated that the use of wireless technology in the class enhanced student participation and satisfaction. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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