Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Elliott, Nathan


This thesis reviews the existing research of problem-based learning (PBL) and its implementation at a secondary level. The goal of the research is to determine if PBL should be implemented with students in a secondary math classroom. The author reviews the effects of PBL on student learning, as well as identifies various implementations of the method including tools that can be added to the method. The challenges of PBL for both the student and the teacher are explained and implications for educators are described. Since its initial introduction in medical school in 1969, PBL has continued to expand to undergraduate programs and secondary classrooms. Prior to complete implementation of a new method of learning, teachers should consider the impact of PBL on students assessment results, retention, skills beyond content knowledge, and satisfaction with the method. The author will explain how the challenges to PBL can be overcome with proper training and additional tools.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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