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Problem-based learning in secondary education: Evaluation by a randomized experiment

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  • De Witte, Kristof

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    (KULeuven, Maastricht Universiteit)

  • Rogge, Nicky

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    (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB))

Abstract

The 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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Paper provided by Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management in its series Working Papers with number 2012/11.

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Length: 22 page
Date of creation: Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hub:wpecon:201211

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Keywords: Problem-based learning; Secondary education; Student achievements; Student motivation; Classroom social climate; Randomized experiment;

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