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Problem-based Learning in Physics Instruction
  Location: HC 3048
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 7:10 PM -7:20 PM
  Author: David Schultz, Maine East High School
(847) 825-4484 ext. 1362, dschultz@maine207.org
  Co-Author(s): Rebecca Stewart , Tom Foley
  Abstract: Problem-based learning (PBL) focuses on experiential learning organized around the investigation and resolution of a real-world, or "messy" problem. The problem is typically one that is closely tied to students' communities and involves stakeholders from both within and outside of a particular school building. We present several examples of how the PBL methodology has been successfully applied to secondary-level physics instruction. In these examples, students 1) investigated how to incorporate renewable energy technologies within their school district, and 2) evaluated the impacts of noise pollution upon the school environment. In PBL projects, student evaluation relies heavily upon final presentations to stakeholders, and is more authentic than traditional pencil and paper tests. Students master curricular goals while at the same time achieving deeper levels of understanding through inquiry and the exploration of multifaceted problems.
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