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ERIC Number: EJ1199619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1745 -7823
Understanding the Prospect of Success in Professional Training: An Ethnography into the Assessment of Problem-Based Learning
Ayala, Ricardo A.; Koch, Tomas F.; Messing, Helga B.
Ethnography and Education, v14 n1 p65-83 2019
One of the most fundamental innovations in higher education is the introduction of the method known as problem-based learning (PBL). While literature has largely focused on its learning goals and the transition from lectures to tutorials, little research has problematised why this is a successful methodology and what we consider as students' success. Drawing upon various ethnographic techniques, the authors analyse PBL as a field of expectations in light of Expectation-Value Theory. Beyond merely showing that PBL is a culturally constructed practice, the article elaborates on how students' expectations inform practices, performance and evaluation, which is important for assessing the successfulness of the method. By discussing students' expectations, dynamics and power relations, the present article is a contribution to the research addressing what has come to be known as the 'black box' of PBL.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Chile