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Thorndahl, Kathrine Liedtke; Stentoft, Diana – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2020
It is often assumed that problem-based learning is an effective approach for fostering the development and/or improvement of students' critical thinking. To shed light on the connection between problem-based learning and critical thinking, this scoping review maps out how the notion of critical thinking is conceptualized in relation to…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Problem Based Learning, Higher Education, Databases
Rehmat, Abeera P.; Hartley, Kendall – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2020
Educators in the twenty-first century need to think of innovative ways to engage and prepare students for current and future challenges while cultivating an interest among students in STEM disciplines. This study sought to investigate the impact of problem-based learning on students' content knowledge and critical thinking towards STEM. This study…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Problem Based Learning, STEM Education, Knowledge Level
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Virtue, Emily E.; Hinnant-Crawford, Brandi N. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2019
Supporters of project-based learning (PBL) argue that outcomes from the model include better performance in academic (Bell, 2010; Thomas, 2000) and non-academic outcomes (Saunders-Steward, Gyles, & Shore, 2010). The New Tech Network (NTN) is a school improvement network that provides training and development for high school faculty who commit…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, Educational Improvement, Faculty Development
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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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Ulger, Kani – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2018
The problem-based learning (PBL) approach was implemented as a treatment for higher education visual arts students over one semester to examine its effect on the creative thinking and critical thinking disposition of these students. PBL had a significant effect on creative thinking, but critical thinking disposition was affected to a lesser…
Descriptors: Art Education, Visual Arts, Problem Based Learning, Instructional Effectiveness
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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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Kumar, Rita; Refaei, Brenda – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2017
Convinced of the power of PBL to promote students' critical thinking as demonstrated by its application across disciplines, we designed a series of problems for students in a second-year writing course. We collected samples of their writing before and after implementation of the problems. We were concerned about whether PBL pedagogy would…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Critical Thinking, Writing Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness
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Hemker, Laura; Prescher, Claudia; Narciss, Susanne – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2017
Problem-based learning can have a great impact on the acquisition of practical knowledge, which is a central learning aim in the field of teacher education. Therefore, we implemented a problem-based learning approach in four seminars on educational assessment. In this paper, we outline our didactic design and discuss the results of the first…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Seminars, Educational Assessment, Teaching Methods
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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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Tamim, Suha R.; Grant, Michael M. – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2013
The purpose of this descriptive study was to explore inservice teachers' definitions of project-based learning (PjBL) and their accounts on the meaning of their PjBL implementations. A purposive sample of six teachers from grades four through twelve in public and private schools participated. Three themes evolved from inductive analysis: (1)…
Descriptors: Definitions, Case Studies, Active Learning, Student Projects
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Zwaal, Wichard; Otting, Hans – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2012
A concept map is a graphical tool to activate and elaborate on prior knowledge, to support problem solving, promote conceptual thinking and understanding, and to organize and memorize knowledge. The aim of this study is to determine if the use of concept mapping (CM) in a problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum enhances the PBL process. The paper…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, Problem Based Learning, College Freshmen, Educational Objectives
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Hallinger, Philip; Lu, Jiafang – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2012
This paper explores design issues to be considered in adapting the problem-based learning (PBL) for use in the context of East Asian higher education and tests its instructional effectiveness in a Master of Management degree program at a graduate school of business (GSB) in Thailand. The research analyzes course evaluation data obtained from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Administrator Education, Problem Based Learning, Instructional Effectiveness
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O'Donoghue, Grainne; McMahon, Sinead; Doody, Catherine; Smith, Kathyrn; Cusack, Tara – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2011
Although there has been growing interest in problem-based learning (PBL) by professional entry-level therapy educators, its effectiveness is as yet unclear. Existing overviews of the field do not provide high-quality evidence in terms of the effectiveness or otherwise of PBL in professional therapy education. The purposes of this article is to…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Therapy, Literature Reviews, Meta Analysis
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Ge, Xun; Planas, Lourdes G.; Er, Nelson – Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2010
An experimental study was conducted to investigate the effects of question prompts and peer review on scaffolding students' problem-based learning in a web-based cognitive support system. Ninety-six pharmacy students were randomly assigned to a treatment or control condition. The students in both conditions were asked to generate solutions to a…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Web Based Instruction, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Questioning Techniques
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