The Power of Problem-based Learning

The Power of Problem-based Learning

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Problem-based learning is a powerful classroom process, which uses real world problems to motivate students to identify and apply research concepts and information, work collaboratively and communicate effectively. It is a strategy that promotes life-long habits of learning. The University of Delaware is recognized internationally as a center of excellence in the use and development of PBL. This book presents the cumulative knowledge and practical experience acquired over nearly a decade of integrating PBL in courses in a wide range of disciplines. This qhow toq book for college and university faculty. It focuses on the practical questions which anyone wishing to embark on PBL will want to know: qWhere do I start?q-qHow do you find problems?q-qWhat do I need to know about managing groups?q-qHow do you grade in a PBL course?q The book opens by outlining how the PBL program was developed at the University of Delaware--covering such issues as faculty mentoring and institutional support--to offer a model for implementation for other institutions. The authors then address the practical questions involved in course transformation and planning for effective problem-based instruction, including writing problems, using the Internet, strategies for using groups, the use of peer tutors and assessment. They conclude with case studies from a variety of disciplines, including biochemistry, pre-law, physics, nursing, chemistry, political science and teacher education This introduction for faculty, department chairs and faculty developers will assist them to successfully harness this powerful process to improve learning outcomes.A Practical aquot;how Toaquot; for Teaching Undergraduate Courses in Any Discipline Barbara J. Duch, Susan E. Groh, Deborah E. Allen ... The problem may have more than one acceptable answer, based on the assumptions students make. ... What physics principles will be needed to analyze the crash scene? ... Step 4. Write a teacher guide detailing the instructional plans on using the problem in the course.

Title:The Power of Problem-based Learning
Author: Barbara J. Duch, Susan E. Groh, Deborah E. Allen
Publisher:Stylus Publishing, LLC. - 2001

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