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Using Problem-Based Learning Software with At-Risk Students: A Case Study

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Computers in the Schools Volume 23, Number 1, ISSN 0738-0569


In an extension of research examining student-centered pedagogy, the present case study examined how at-risk students used Alien Rescue, a problem-based learning (PBL) software program for middle school science. Twenty-nine participants were observed and interviewed over the twelve class days in which they were engaged in Alien Rescue. Students' reactions to the software, their problem-solving strategies, and their interactions with classmates were explored. Observations suggest that prior academic performance is the most important characteristic in explaining differences in how these students performed in this PBL unit. Recommendations for the effective use of PBL with at-risk students are made.


Samsonov, P., Pedersen, S. & Hill, C.L. (2006). Using Problem-Based Learning Software with At-Risk Students: A Case Study. Computers in the Schools, 23(1), 111-124. Retrieved May 26, 2020 from .

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