Revisiting the control group: Problem-based learning's impact on the understanding of place value

Martin, David A. (2012) Revisiting the control group: Problem-based learning's impact on the understanding of place value. In: 3rd International PBL Symposium Proceedings 2012: PBL and the Problematization of Teaching and Learning, 7-9 Mar 2012, Singapore.

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The use of a control group is an effective tool which afforded this researcher a gauge as to the effectiveness of his change in pedagogy. However, the ethical considerations regarding the control group’s continued lack of understanding could not go unattended. This study revisits that control group. In the original investigation, both a control group and an experimental group were used to determine the effect a problem-based learning (PBL) pedagogy versus the traditional teacher-centred instructional approach in a university course will have upon pre-service teacher’s understanding of place value (PV). At the end of the study, the results suggest that the majority of the control group possessed a prestructural or unistructural understanding of place value systems, while the experimental group was found to be mainly thinking at a unistructural and multistructural level. Two years later, the control group was re-taught using the PBL method after being pre-tested for incidental learning. The pre-test results indicated they were found to still be mainly thinking at a pre or unistructural understanding. However, after being treated to the PBL instruction, the control group participants were found to be thinking at a unistructural, multistructural and relational level. Therefore, it is suggested from this study that a PBL approach does provide deeper understanding in pre-service educators’ understanding of place value.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2012 David A. Martin. The author assigns Republic Polytechnic the right to publish this document in full in the conference proceedings. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2012 00:41
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2017 04:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: problem-based learning, mathematics education, place value, control group, ethics
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130208 Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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