Using Problem-Based Learning Software with Students at a
Pavel Samsonov, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
In an extension of research examining student-centered pedagogy, the present case study examined how at-risk students at a charter school in Texas used Alien Rescue, a problem-based learning 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. The characteristics of each student that placed him or her at-risk, including prior academic performance, behavior, and socioeconomic status, were examined for any possible relationship to performance. 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. (2004). Using Problem-Based Learning Software with Students at a. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1019-1026). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).