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ERIC Number: EJ974653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0749-4025
The Impact of Problem Based Learning (PBL) on Student Attitudes toward Science, Problem-Solving Skills, and Sense of Community in the Classroom
Ferreira, Maria M.; Trudel, Anthony R.
Journal of Classroom Interaction, v47 n1 p23-30 2012
Problem-based learning (PBL) is a constructivist pedagogical approach to learning in which students work together to find solutions to a complex problem. This study used a mixed-method approach to examine the impact of PBL on student attitudes toward science, problem-solving skills and their perceptions of the learning environment. Forty-eight students in three regular high school chemistry classes participated in the study. Results based on student answers to a survey questionnaire, journal entries, approaches to solving a problem, and teacher classroom observations indicated a significant increase in student attitudes toward science, problem-solving skills and positive views of the learning environment. The use of PBL also facilitated the development of a sense of community in the classroom. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A