Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Constructivism (Education); Problem-based learning
The No Child Left Behind legislation brought about a flurry of conversations regarding student achievement (McElroy, 2006). Increased use of standardized testing to measure student achievement has resulted in a discussion of teaching models. Is the transmission teaching model with its expository style the only mode to insure student success? Or is the constructivist teaching model with its inquiry style a mode that better leads to student success? This review of literature examines the instructional practices involved in problem based learning, a constructivist approach. The paper focuses on the components of problem-based learning, the benefits and challenges of using this.approach, and whether problem-based learning is an appropriate educational method for adolescents. The literature review is based on the following research questions: 1. What is problem-based learning? 2. What are the benefits of problem-based learning? 3. What are the challenges of problem-based learning? 4. How does problem-based learning meet the developmental needs of adolescents? Based on the literature review, the author found that positive results, namely, improved academic achievement and social interactions, indicate that problem-based learning is an effective instructional model.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Rick C. Traw
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©2006 Susan Tebbe
Tebbe, Susan, "Problem Based Learning" (2006). Graduate Research Papers. 1610.