Inquiry, Discovery, and Problem-Based Learning
"Teaching Large Classes" by Graham Gibbs, Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia): http://learningandteaching.dal.ca/vhtest/largeclasses.html (Can be viewed online with RealPlayer.)
Books and Articles
Breen, Rosanna and Lindsay, Roger(1999). Academic Research and Student Movitation, Studies in Higher Education, Vol. 24, No. 1.
Duch, Barbara, Groh, Suan, and Allen, Deborah E., Ed. (2001) The Power of Problem-Based Learning: A Practical "How-to" for Teaching Undergraduate Courses in Any Discipline. Stylus Publishing. (Reviewed in The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 3, 2001)
Ebert-May, Diane. "Applying Principles of Learning: From Assessment to Research," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2004): http://www.reinventioncenter.miami.edu/Conference_04/Ebert_May/Presentation.htm
Ebert-May D, Brewer, C.A., and Allred. S. (1997). Innovation in Large Lectures -- Teaching for Active Learning. Bioscience 47(9): 601-607.
"Education Through Experience: A White Paper." The President's Commission on Undergraduate Education and Life, Case Western Reserve University. http://balin.cwru.edu/pcuel/
Elgin, Sarah. "Bringing Research into the Classroom: Life Sciences and Related Areas within Psychology," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2004): http://www.reinventioncenter.miami.edu/Conference_04/Elgin/Presentation.htm
Engel, Renata, Dudley, Valerie and Thurman, James. "Pedagogy and Technology: Faculty Development's Piece of the Undergraduate Research Puzzle," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2004): http://www.reinventioncenter.miami.edu/Conference_04/Technology_Pedagogy/Faculty%27s_Development%27s_Piece_Undergraduate_Research_Puzzle.htm
Healey, M. (2005) Linking Research and Teaching Exploring Disciplinary Spaces and the Role of Inquiry-Based Learning, in Barnett, R. (ed) Reshaping the University: New Relationships Between Research, Scholarship and Teaching. McGraw-Hill/Open University Press (forthcoming).
Impey, Christopher. "Designing and Teaching an Inquiry-Based Curriculum," Reinvention Center Conference (Nov. 2006): http://www.reinventioncenter.miami.edu/conference2006/chrisimpey/summary.htm
Mierson, Sheella with Parikh, Anuj A. (2000). "Stories From the Field: Problem-Based Learning from a Teacher's and a Student's Perspective." Change, January/February 2000, 21-27.
Nelson, C.E. (1989). "Skewered on the unicorn's horn: The illusion of tragic tradeoff between content and critical thinking in the teaching of science." In Enhancing Critical Thinking in the Sciences (Ed. L.W. Crow) pp 17-27. Soc. College Science Teachers, National Science Teachers Assoc. Washington, DC.
Novak, G. M., Gavrin, A. D., Christian, W., & Patterson, E.T. (1999). Just in Time Teaching: Blending Active Learning with Web Technology. Prentice Hall. The authors discuss an approach to tailor lecture time to the concepts students find most difficult. See also: http://webphysics.iupui.edu/jitt/jitt.html
Inquiry-based learning - or discovery or problem-based learning - allows students to apply their knowledge of chemistry, calculus, biology, and other academic subjects to real-world problems. It's similar to the case method taught in business, law, and medical schools. Problems are often drawn from actual events and can be geared to any level from introductory to advanced.
University of Delaware, PBL: Problem-Based Learning
PBL at Delaware plus links to many other PBL sites
PBL Clearinghouse: peer-reviewed problems and articles
SUNY Buffalo, Case Studies in Science
University of Texas at Austin, Discovery Learning Project
Campus Discovery Learning Center
Eric Mazur and Active Learning at Harvard
The Collaborative Research Model: Student Learning Teams in Undergraduate Research, University of Oregon: A flexible model of collaborative student research in coursework across the curriculum. http://tep.uoregon.edu/resources/crmodel/index.html
Problem-Based Learning: Transforming Student Learning Through Colloboration: http://www.udel.edu/inst/calendar.html
PBL2004, an international conference in Cancun, Mexico, hosted by Tec de Monterrey: http://www.cem.itesm.mx/pbl2004/
June 13-19, 2004
Problem-Based Learning: From Ideas to Solutions through Communication: http://www.udel.edu/inst/jan2004/
January 21-23, 2004, Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education
University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA
workshop demonstrated problem-based learning (PBL) and model ways that
PBL can be used effectively in all disciplines, in upper and lower
division courses, and in all size classes. One focus of this program
was writing effective problem-based materials; participants left the
session with new or revised problems for use in their couses. Another
focus was engaging students in research and communication as part of
the process of PBL.
Creative Learning Solutions, Inc., founded by a Delaware professor, offers workshops in problem-based learning to a variety of corporate and academic clients.
Contact: Sheella Mierson, Ph.D.
109 Chapel Hill Drive, Newark, Delaware 19711, USA
voice (302) 738-4173, fax (302) 738-5667