Identifier

etd-07092009-120927

Degree

Master of Natural Sciences (MNS)

Department

Natural Sciences (Interdepartmental Program)

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Project-based learning (PBL) is an instructional strategy that allows students the autonomy to learn, explore and investigate throughout the learning process by means of projects. Many educators have seen the need for such a strategy in the classroom as a remedy for motivating students, showing relevance of student’s education to everyday life, preparing students for college and the work force, and the dire need for students to develop critical thinking skills to encourage future success. In my thesis I will define project-based learning, discuss its characteristics, compare PBL to traditional teaching methods and reflect on my experiences with project-based learning in the classroom. I will also show how a traditional math problem can become more interesting and applicable to students if project-based elements are incorporated.

Date

2009

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

James Madden

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