Education K-12 M.A.

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First Advisor

Cavalier, Meg


This paper explores the theories that govern three processes of learning: project-based, problem-based and self-regulated. One of the critical questions that this paper addresses is: how can these three processes be utilized to plan an effective unit? Studies have shown that students benefit motivationally from various inquiry-based models of instruction. These models mirror authentic tasks performed in the real world and engage the students in an in-depth way that compels them to use higher order thinking skills. Self-regulation is a set of necessary skills students must use to prepare and perform these types of tasks. As one studies these three processes, patterns and similarities begin to emerge that can be utilized for unit design and planning. In response to the literature reviewed in the paper, this researcher submits a planning method incorporating these three processes that is both manageable and sensible. This design will come in six stages: the driving question to start the unit, a personal project for problem solving, a personal delivery of the solution, group placement and negotiation, group project planning and group project showcase.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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