Problem-based learning on the World Wide Web in an undergraduate kinesiology class: An integrative approach to education
Stephen Peter Yang, University of New Brunswick , Canada
University of New Brunswick . Awarded
Problem-based learning (PBL) has become one of the primary methods of instruction in medical schools around the world. First used across the curriculum at McMaster University Medical School in the late 1960s, PBL is designed to give medical students more simulated clinical experience by placing learners into the context of a real life situation without the possibility of harming anyone (Barrows and Tamblyn, 1980). Despite its extensive use at the professional school level, PBL is not widely used in undergraduate kinesiology.
The research question was to see if students who use PBL on the World Wide Web (WWW) can effectively learn subject matter and become better problem solvers. Using an undergraduate kinesiology class (n = 60), equal numbers of students were placed into one of three groups while controlling for prior knowledge (pre-test) and computer skill. The three groups were PBL via WWW (W-PBL), PBL via lecture (L-PBL), and a didactic lecture (LEC). (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
Yang, S.P. Problem-based learning on the World Wide Web in an undergraduate kinesiology class: An integrative approach to education. Master's thesis, University of New Brunswick.
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