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Liu, Min; Liu, Sa; Pan, Zilong; Zou, Wenting; Li, Chenglu – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2019
Most of the previous problem-based learning (PBL) studies have been conducted with gifted or regular education students and have shown successes. However, little research on PBL exists for disadvantaged middle school students, especially students who are considered to be at risk of failing academically. In this study, we examined the use of a…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, At Risk Students, Multimedia Instruction, Middle School Students
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Whitlock, Annie McMahon – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2019
In this paper, I describe the implementation of a project-based economics unit in a fifth-grade classroom in Michigan, titled One Hen. One Hen is a curricular unit designed to teach students about social entrepreneurship as a way for students to learn economic concepts while developing their own civic efficacy by engaging in a project where they…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Elementary School Students, Economics Education
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Lee, Huei-Chen; Blanchard, Margaret R. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2019
This quantitative study examined factors underlying middle and high school teachers' choices about whether to use problem-based learning (PBL). Survey items measured respondents' perceived competence, autonomy, and relatedness, and the value and costs they placed on implementing PBL. Teachers who have taught with PBL (n = 126) had significantly…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Problem Based Learning, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers
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Cairns, Darran R.; Curtis, Reagan; Sierros, Konstantinos A.; Bolyard, Johnna J. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2018
There is currently significant interest in 3D fabrication in middle school classrooms. At its best 3D printing can be utilized in authentic design projects that integrate math, science, and technology, which facilitate deep learning by students. In essence, students are able to tinker in a virtual world using 3D design software and then tinker in…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Faculty Development, Design, Manufacturing
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Chan, Monica M.; Blikstein, Paulo – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2018
This is a research study of design and engineering classes that use a problem-based learning (PBL) approach in digital fabrication makerspaces in two middle schools. In these studies, teachers employ a PBL approach and provide an ill-structured problem scenario to facilitate design and engineering lessons in the FabLab (fabrication laboratory).…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Problem Based Learning, Design, Engineering
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Merritt, Joi; Lee, Mi Yeon; Rillero, Peter; Kinach, Barbara M. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2017
This systematic literature review was conducted to explore the effectiveness of problem-based and project-based learning (PBL) implemented with students in early elementary to grade 8 (ages 3-14) in mathematics and science classrooms. Nine studies met the following inclusion criteria: (a) focus on PBL, (b) experimental study, (c) kindergarten to…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Active Learning, Student Projects, Instructional Effectiveness
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Dole, Sharon; Bloom, Lisa; Doss, Kristy K. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2017
This study used structured online interviews with teachers to examine the impact that inquiry-based teaching methods had on their students. The research question was the following: What are the effects on student learning and motivation as a result of teachers using problem-based and project-based learning? Interviews were conducted with 36…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Active Learning, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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Smith, Shaunna – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2016
This ethnographic case study investigated how the process of learning during a yearlong after-school, project-based learning (PjBL) experience could be documented by student-created reflective videos. Guided by social constructivism, constant comparative analysis was used to explore the meaningful learning that took place in addition to the…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Video Technology, Reflection, Active Learning
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Cicchino, Marc I. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2015
Previous research indicates the importance of student discourse in the construction of knowledge and the fostering of critical thinking skills, especially in the field of problem-based learning (PBL). Further, a growing body of research on game-based learning (GBL) draws parallels between playing certain types of games and the solving of…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Educational Games, Problem Based Learning
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Liu, Min; Horton, Lucas; Lee, Jaejin; Kang, Jina; Rosenblum, Jason; O'Hair, Matthew; Lu, Chu-Wei – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2014
This paper describes the design and development process used to create Alien Rescue, a multimedia-enhanced learning environment that supports problem-based learning (PBL) in middle school science. The goal of the project is to further our understandings of technology, pedagogy, and instructional theories as they relate to the application of PBL…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Science Instruction, Problem Based Learning, Multimedia Instruction
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Swan, Karen; Vahey, Philip; van 't Hooft, Mark; Kratcoski, Annette; Rafanan, Ken; Stanford, Tina; Yarnall, Louise; Cook, Dale – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2013
The research reported in this paper explores the applicability and efficacy of a variant of problem-based learning, the Preparation for Future Learning (PFL) approach, to teaching and learning within the context of a cross-curricular, middle school data literacy unit called "Thinking with Data" (TWD). A quasi-experimental design was used…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, Middle Schools, Quasiexperimental Design
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Gallagher, Shelagh A.; Gallagher, James J. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2013
One goal of the US Department of Education-funded Project Insights was to see if the use of Problem-based Learning (PBL) would encourage students to reveal previously unseen academic potential. Two PBL units were taught to 271 sixth grade students in 13 classrooms. Afterwards, teachers identified students who demonstrated previously unseen…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Academic Ability, Grade 6, Units of Study
Brown, Scott W.; Lawless, Kimberly A.; Boyer, Mark A. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2013
Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional design approach for promoting student learning, understanding and knowledge development in context rich settings. Previous PBL research has primarily focused on face-to-face learning environments, but current technologies afford PBL designers the opportunities to create online, virtual, PBL…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Instructional Design, Blended Learning, Simulated Environment
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Liu, Min; Wivagg, Jennifer; Geurtz, Renata; Lee, Shih-Ting; Chang, Hyeseung Maria – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2012
This study examined how a group of ten middle school teachers implemented a technology enriched problem-based learning (PBL) environment. The goal was to understand their motivation, document their implementation techniques, and identify factors that teachers considered important in using technology-based PBL tools in their teaching. The analysis…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Curriculum
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Grant, Michael M. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2011
Project-based learning offers promise as an instructional method that affords authentic learning tasks grounded in the personal interests of learners. While previous research has presented results of learning gains, motivations, and teacher experiences, limited empirical research has presented student perspectives in project-based learning. This…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Student Attitudes, Beliefs
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