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Problem-Based Learning for Math & Science
Integrating Inquiry and the Internet

Second Edition


September 2007 | 176 pages | Corwin

"Teachers looking for a concise guide to implementing problem-based learning in math and science classrooms: This book is for you!"
—Debra Gerdes, Professional Development Leader
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

"The purpose of problem-based learning is to emphasize meaning making over fact collecting. With this method, Diane Ronis has written a book that is well equipped to produce self-motivated and independent lifelong learners!"
—Katie Morrow, Technology Integration Specialist
O'Neill Public Schools, NE

Increase students' skills and content retention in math and science!

What's the best way to create a real-world instructional environment where students are involved in firsthand experiences and where important ideas are connected to meaningful life events that help deepen learners' understanding?

Diane Ronis demonstrates how the problem-based learning (PBL) method gives students the opportunity to actively explore and resolve authentic problem simulations and student-identified problems in the community while strengthening their problem-solving skills. Updated throughout, this second edition illustrates how to use the PBL inquiry process with Internet resources to create an integrated instructional environment, and also provides:

  • Problem-based learning activities relating to math and science in each chapter
  • Projects that correlate to national science, mathematics, and technology standards
  • Student handouts, evaluation forms, and all the information necessary for successful project completion

Problem-Based Learning for Math and Science, Second Edition, is the perfect resource for educators who want to expand their teaching repertoire and shift instruction from a teacher-centered to a learner-centered perspective.


 
Preface
 
Introduction
The Concepts Explored in This Book  
The Standards Used in This Book  
The Goal of This Book  
 
1. The Integration of Mathematics, Science, Technology, and Problem-Based Learning
Redefining Literacy  
Using Problem-Based Learning to Increase Literacy  
Relating Technology to Math and Science  
Integrating Problem-Based Learning With Cyber-Age Math and Science  
Integrated Inquiry Project, Middle Level: Meteorology  
 
2. Problem-Based Learning and Constructivism
Why Problem-Based Learning Is Brain-Compatible  
Problem-Based Learning and the Constructivist Model: The Five E's  
Teaching in the Problem-Based Learning Classroom  
Integrated Inquiry Project, Middle/Secondary Level: Developing Entrepreneurial Excellence  
 
3. Aspects and Approaches of Problem-Based Learning
Phases of Implementation  
Problem-Based Learning Techniques  
New Roles for Teachers  
Integrated Inquiry Project 1: Middle/Secondary Levels: The Roller Coaster  
Integrated Inquiry Project 2: Secondary Level: Building Bridges  
 
4. Planning Problem-Based Learning for the Classroom
Planning for Integrated Learning  
Guidelines for Implementing a Problem-Based Learning Project  
Questions to Promote Problem Solving  
Integrated Inquiry Project, Multilevel: The Mississippi Delta  
 
5. Evaluating and Assessing Problem-Based Learning
Alternative Assessments  
Types of Authentic Assessment and Evaluation  
Integrated Inquiry Project, Multilevel: Architectural Design  
 
6. Integrating Community Learning Activities Into the Classroom
The National Association of Partners in Education  
Organizational Partnerships in Education  
Helping Experts Become Teachers  
Community Connections: Multilevel Car Project  
 
Appendix: Cyber Sources for Math, Science, and Technology
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"Teachers looking for a concise guide to implementing problem-based learning in math and science classrooms: this book is for you!"

Debra Gerdes, Professional Development Leader
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

"The purpose of problem-based learning is to emphasize meaning-making over fact collecting. With this method, Diane Ronis has written a book well-equipped to produce self-motivated and independent lifelong learners!"

Katie Morrow, Technology Integration Specialist
O’Neill Public Schools, NE

"The guidelines on using and assessing projects, as well as the ready-to-use samples, make this a worthwhile resource."

MAA Reviews, June 2008
Mathematical Association of America

There are some nice ideas here to be used with teachers on the Additional Diploma in Teaching Maths course. Problem-based learning can generate a lot more high order thinking from students and can help to put into context some of the maths and science topics which otherwise would be quite removed.

Mr Peter Lyon
professional development, Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
September 2, 2014

The criteria of the book is incredible and would be better suited for an integrated curriculum class or Problem-Based/Project-Based Learning class. Hoping to be able to use it in the future.

Dr Marcia Hill
Online School of Graduate Education, Kaplan University - Davenport
February 26, 2013
Key features
  • Includes PBL activities that are teacher-directed and linked to the real world, and that include simulated problems and student-identified community problems
  • Based on NCTM, NSES, and ISTE/NETS standards
  • Each chapter closes with a project consisting of linked standards, student handouts, and teacher evaluation forms
  • Projects can be modified to suit various levels of learning
  • Projects are designed to engage learners through first-hand experience

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