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ERIC Number: EJ826781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
Facilitating Technology-Enhanced Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in the Middle School Classroom: An Examination of How and Why Teachers Adapt
Ertmer, Peggy A.; Glazewski, Krista D.; Jones, Donna; Ottenbreit-Leftwich, Anne; Goktas, Yuksel; Collins, Kelly; Kocaman, Aslihan
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v20 n1 p35-54 Jan 2009
Despite the challenges inherent in adopting problem-based learning (PBL) in the middle school classroom, successful PBL teachers are able to find suitable solutions. In this exploratory study we examined the perceptions and practices of five successful middle school PBL teachers regarding the specific difficulties encountered with PBL and the strategies they used to address them. Results suggest that while successful PBL teachers faced multiple challenges when implementing PBL, they created and adapted effective strategies to successfully mitigate the obstacles. "Planning" approaches included adapting previous units, using a backwards-planning process, and starting small. "Implementation" strategies included using a variety of grouping strategies and providing greater structure through mini-lessons, daily checks, and access to a list of relevant web resources. "Assessment" methods included using rubrics to outline project requirements and monitoring daily journals to assess progress. Teachers articulated that the use of these techniques enabled them to engage their students in interdisciplinary content and learning processes that met or exceeded required academic standards. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A