Problem based learning: Application to technology education in three countries

P. John Williams, Juan Iglesias, Moshe Barak

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An increasing variety of professional educational and training disciplines are now problem based (eg, medicine, nursing, engineering, community health), and they may have a corresponding variety of educational objectives. However, they all have in common the use of problems in the instructional sequence. The problems may be as diverse as a mechanical predicament, an unexplained phenomena, or patient symptoms. Technology education in secondary schools is undergoing a period of significant change in many countries. It is therefore imperative that technology teacher education adopt not only the technologies that have been identified as being important, but also incorporate appropriate methodologies for the instruction of these technologies. PBL offers a number of relevant features to technology education and it is because of these that the project outlined in this paper has been developed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-335
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Technology and Design Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2008


  • Problem based learning
  • Problem solving
  • Technology education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Engineering


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