The Practice of Problem-Based Learning: A Guide to Implementing PBL in the College Classroom by José A. AmadorThe Practice of Problem-Based Learning: A Guide to Implementing PBL in the College Classroom by José A. Amador

The Practice of Problem-Based Learning: A Guide to Implementing PBL in the College Classroom

byJosé A. Amador, Libby Miles, Calvin B. Peters

Paperback | September 15, 2006

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This book is a guide for the development and implementation of problem-based learning (PBL) in college-level courses. It provides practical advice from real professors, includes examples of PBL in action through every stage from problem development to implementation, and integrates cross-disciplinary experiences into the practice of PBL in the college classroom.

Its nuts-and-bolts approach makes it valuable to faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and faculty development professionals interested in learning how to do PBL, as well as to those already using PBL who would like to learn more about what other practitioners do in their classrooms.

Readers will learn what really is and isn’t PBL and why some choose to use it, what is its effect on the learning landscape, and how to overcome tricky issues such as class size, student resistance, controlling classroom chaos, conservative colleagues, assessment, and student evaluations. Extensive examples and resources for further study are included, making it a concise, yet comprehensive guide to launching a successful problem-based learning course on your own.

Jose A. Amador is professor of soil science and microbial ecology at the University of Rhode Island. He received his B.S. degree (1982) in biochemistry, and M.S. (1986) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees in soil microbiology from Cornell University. Jose has been at the University of Rhode Island since 1992, where he teaches in the department of...
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Title:The Practice of Problem-Based Learning: A Guide to Implementing PBL in the College ClassroomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.07 × 6 × 0.35 inPublished:September 15, 2006Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1933371072

ISBN - 13:9781933371078

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Table of Contents

About the Authors.

Foreword.

Preface.

1 Why (We) Use PBL.

Why We Switched.

What Is PBL?

Issues.

2 Changing the Landscape.

Changing Ourselves.

Changing Our Courses.

Changing Our Students.

3 No Problems? No Problem.

The Basics.

Sources for Problems.

Designing a Successful Problem.

4 Controlling Chaos in PBL: The Messy Middle.

Conducting Class.

Our Role.

Student Contribution.

5 What Now? Evaluation, Revision, and Reflection.

The Students.

What Worked—and What Didn’t.

The Sustainability of PBL.

Epilogue.

Bibliography.

Index.