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ERIC Number: EJ938106
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1382-4996
Cognitive Engagement in the Problem-Based Learning Classroom
Rotgans, Jerome I.; Schmidt, Henk G.
Advances in Health Sciences Education, v16 n4 p465-479 Oct 2011
The objective of the present study was to examine to what extent autonomy in problem-based learning (PBL) results in cognitive engagement with the topic at hand. To that end, a short self-report instrument was devised and validated. Moreover, it was examined how cognitive engagement develops as a function of the learning process and the extent to which cognitive engagement determines subsequent levels of cognitive engagement during a one-day PBL event. Data were analyzed by means of confirmatory factor analysis, repeated measures ANOVA, and path analysis. The results showed that the new measure of situational cognitive engagement is valid and reliable. Furthermore, the results revealed that students' cognitive engagement significantly increased as a function of the learning event. Implications of these findings for PBL are discussed. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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