ISBN-10:
1579220371
ISBN-13:
9781579220372
Pub. Date:
05/28/2001
Publisher:
Stylus Publishing, LLC
The Power of Problem-Based Learning: A Practical

The Power of Problem-Based Learning: A Practical "How To" for Teaching Undergraduate Courses in Any Discipline / Edition 1

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The Power of Problem-Based Learning: A Practical "How To" for Teaching Undergraduate Courses in Any Discipline / Edition 1

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 "how to" book for college and university faculty. It focuses on the practical questions which anyone wishing to embark on PBL will want to know: "Where do I start?"–"How do you find problems?"–"What do I need to know about managing groups?"–"How do you grade in a PBL course?"

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579220372
Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/28/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Barbara J. Duch is Associate Director of the Mathematics & Science Education Resource Center at the University of Delaware where, in 1992, she was one of a handful of science faculty who began to adapt PBL to their courses in the introductory sciences. This initial PBL effort became the impetus for a faculty-driven reform of undergraduate education on campus. She has also published widely and presented many workshops on PBL.

Susan E. Groh is Assistant Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Delaware where, in 1992, she was one of a handful of science faculty who began to adapt PBL to their courses in the introductory sciences. This initial PBL effort became the impetus for a faculty-driven reform of undergraduate education on campus. She has also published widely and presented many workshops on PBL.

Deborah E. Allen is Associate Professor and Undergraduate Programs Director in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware where, in 1992, she was one of a handful of science faculty who began to adapt PBL to their courses in the introductory sciences. This initial PBL effort became the impetus for a faculty-driven reform of undergraduate education on campus. She has also published widely and presented many workshops on PBL.

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