Problems as Possibilities: Problem-based Learning for K-12 Education

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ASCD, 1998 - Curriculum planning - 102 pages
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Problem-based learning (PBL) is an experiential form of learning centered around the collaborative investigation and resolution of "messy, real-world" problems. This book offers opportunities to learn about problem-based learning from the perspectives of teachers, students, parents, administrators, and curriculum developers. Chapter 1 tells stories through the comments of teachers and students who have experienced PBL and illustrates PBL's possibilities with vignettes from several grade levels and contexts. Chapter 2 provides an overview of PBL, and chapter 3 presents background information. Chapters 4, 5, and 6 allow readers to play with an idea (like declining frog populations, underage smoking, or mosquito abatement) and make it their own. Tips are offered for mapping the terrain of problem possibilities, planning a problem-based adventure, developing the problem statement, and implementing the discovery process (via coaching, facilitating understanding, diagnosing, mentoring, questioning, modeling, managing group work, monitoring student engagement, and embedding instruction and assessment). Chapter 7 explains the rationale for problem-based learning. (Contains 84 references.) (MLH)
 

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Contents

What Does ProblemBased Learning Look Like in Classroom?
5
What is ProblemBased Learning?
14
What Are the Foundations of ProblemBased Learning?
29
What is Our Model for ProblemBased Learning?
35
How Do You Design a ProblemBased Learning Curriculum?
46
How Do You Implement ProblemBased Learning?
68
How Do You Assess Learning in and Through ProblemBased Learning?
84
How Do You Support ProblemBased Learning?
102
Appendix How Can I Learn More About ProblemBased Learning?
115
References and Bibliography
120
Index
125
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
130
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Sara Sage is a pseudonym for Linda A. Hanson. She was born and lived most of her life in Chicago, Illinois, until she moved to Arizona in 1990. She is a retired Hospice Nurse. In her free time she reads, writes, cooks, and works on crafts that she exhibits at the county fair each year.

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