Problem-based learning in secondary education: Evaluation by a randomized experiment
AbstractThe effectiveness of problem based learning (PBL) in terms of increasing student knowledge and skills has been extensively studied for higher education students and in non-experimental settings. This paper tests the effectiveness of PBL as an alternative instruction method in secondary education. In a controlled randomized experiment, we estimate its effect on tested student attainments, on perceived student attainments, on autonomous and controlled motivation and on class atmosphere. The outcomes indicate a non-significant negative effect on student achievements, a non-significant effect on motivation and a significant positive effect on class atmosphere.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management in its series Working Papers with number 2012/11.
Length: 22 page
Date of creation: Feb 2012
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Problem-based learning; Secondary education; Student achievements; Student motivation; Classroom social climate; Randomized experiment;
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- NEP-ALL-2012-05-08 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2012-05-08 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EDU-2012-05-08 (Education)
- NEP-EXP-2012-05-08 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-HRM-2012-05-08 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-KNM-2012-05-08 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
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