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

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  • De Witte, Kristof

    () (KULeuven, Maastricht Universiteit)

  • Rogge, Nicky

    () (Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUB))

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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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  • De Witte, Kristof & Rogge, Nicky, 2012. "Problem-based learning in secondary education: Evaluation by a randomized experiment," Working Papers 2012/11, Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel, Faculteit Economie en Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:hub:wpecon:201211
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    Problem-based learning; Secondary education; Student achievements; Student motivation; Classroom social climate; Randomized experiment;

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