Rigorous PBL by Design: Three Shifts for Developing Confident and Competent Learners by Michael McDowell (2017) is a worthwhile text for faculty who are interested in implementing “rigorous PBL” in higher education but may be concerned that it’s only for K-12. The book starts with a foreword by John Hattie, a well-known author in the fields of Education and Pedagogy. He clearly articulates his reasons as to why PBL is a worthwhile endeavor for both educators and students. He challenges studies that claim PBL lacks effectiveness of statistical significance. He found, through his own research, that if students have enough background knowledge, then PBL provides the opportunity for students to dive deeper into the content, thus increasing the rate of effectiveness when compared to more traditional teaching styles. Hattie concludes his foreword with emphasizing a major theme that McDowell presents throughout the book: the correct time, place, and pertinent instructions...
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Book Review| October 01 2021
Rigorous PBL by Design: Three Shifts for Developing Confident and Competent Learners
Rigorous PBL by Design: Three Shifts for Developing Confident and Competent Learners. Foreword by John Hattie and Afterword by Suzie Boss.
Thousand Oaks, CA:
2017. 188 pp. $34.00. ISBN: 9781506359021.
Jacquelynne Anne Boivin
Jacquelynne Anne Boivin
JACQUELYNNE BOIVIN is Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA. She is a former elementary school teacher who uses her past experience in the field to contextualize her instruction in teacher-preparation. Dr. Boivin’s research specialization is in multicultural education and antiracist pedagogy.
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Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness (2021) 11 (1-2): 118–120.
Jacquelynne Anne Boivin; Rigorous PBL by Design: Three Shifts for Developing Confident and Competent Learners. Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness 1 October 2021; 11 (1-2): 118–120. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/jasseinsteffe.11.1-2.0118
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