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Problem-based learning: Inspirations for students’ problems and questions asked
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Chin, C., & Chia, L. G. (2003). Problem-based learning: Inspirations for students’ problems and questions asked. In Research in and on the classroom: ERAS Conference 2003 Proceedings (pp. 53-63). Singapore: Educational Research Association of Singapore.
This case study involved secondary 3 students carrying out project work in biology via
problem-based learning. The purpose of the study was to find out (a) the sources of inspiration for students’ problems and questions, and (b) the kinds of questions that students asked. Students first identified their own problems for investigation and then worked in groups to solve the problem. Data sources included observations of students at work, interviews, students’ written work, and tapes of students engaged in group work. Students’ problems and questions were inspired mainly by cultural beliefs, the media,
personal experiences, and the school curriculum. Students’ questions directed their learning and guided them to engage in different activities which led to knowledge construction. Implication of the findings for instructional practice are discussed.
This paper was published in the Proceedings of ERAS Conference held in Singapore from 19-21 November 2003
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