Enables teachers to prepare their students to take ownership of a task and use appropriate learning resources in acquiring contextual and procedural knowledge and gaining proficiency in problem-solving skills through self-directed learning and collaborative teams. For those starting out exploring problem-based learning and discovering how to facilitate the learning process, this book is a place to begin.
Deserves a place on every educator's bookshelf. This book offers multiple examples of easy and practical ways to incorporate problem-based inquiry into every classroom.
- Jeff Robbins, Science Teacher Roosevelt Intermediate School, Westfield, NJ
Barell shares numerous examples from teachers and students to illustrate what inquiry looks like and provides the necessary tools and step-by-step guidelines to bring problem-based learning to your classroom.
- Cheryl Hopper, Director Network for Educational Renewal, Montclair State University, NJ
An easy-to-read, straightforward approach to improving student achievement. This valuable resource refocuses on what is most important in our educational system: getting kids to think for themselves.
- Randal M. Koch, Principal Earle Brown Elementary School, Brooklyn Center, MN
Barell has provided a sound strategy and an easy-to-follow outline for the PBL process.
- Teacher Librarian, April 2007
A winning, application-based analysis of PBL. Teachers receive an excellent survey of the process with attention to troubleshooting common issues and problems.
- California Bookwatch, March 2007
Provides both the theoretical and practical framework for structuring instruction that will stimulate the natural curiosity of students.
- David Weiss, Assistant Superintendent Commack Public Schools, NY
Table of Contents
Part 1. Preparation
1. An Inquiry Process
2. Designing the Invitational Environment
3. A Curricular Overview
Part 2. Application
4. Teacher-Directed Inquiry
5. Teacher-Student Shared Inquiry
6. Student-Directed Inquiry
7. Multidisciplinary Approaches
8. Assessment, Application, and Reflection
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Chapter One, An Inquiry Process, provides an introduction to inquiry and problem-based learning.
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