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ERIC Number: EJ908446
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1363-6820
Adapted PBL Practical Exercises: Benefits for Apprentices
Monks, Alan
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v62 n4 p455-466 Dec 2010
Use was made of adapted problem-based learning (PBL) practical exercises to address the disengagement of apprentices with the existing assembly-style electronic laboratory programme. Apprentices perceived the traditional routines as having little real-world relevance. This detracted from the value and benefit to them of the practical component of the subject. The object of the research was to gauge the value of any beneficial changes that may occur in the overall learning experience, resulting from the use of the PBL style exercises, as seen by the apprentices themselves. A "single-cycle" action research methodology was used. The apprentices received the new format very positively and responded well to the new environment. While particular areas were identified as requiring improvement, the outcome was very encouraging and indicates that the adapted PBL format, significantly developed and refined, is worth pursuing as a delivery strategy option for apprentice course provision. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland