Real-Life Problem Solving: A Collaborative Approach to Interdisciplinary Learning

Pages: 246
Item #: 4316500
ISBN: 978-1-55798-294-0
List Price: $17.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $17.95
Copyright: 1997
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Real-Life Problem Solving: A Collaborative Approach to Interdisciplinary Learning describes an approach to interdisciplinary learning in which students and teachers investigate open-ended, authentic problems that have clear relevance both to themselves and to the larger community. 

Table of Contents



Introduction: In Search of More Meaningful Learning and Teaching

  • Looking Back: Identifying Needs by Reflecting Upon Practice
  • Looking Forward: Problem-Based Learning as Codevelopment
  • Organization of This Book
  • Goals for the Readers of This Book

Goal 1: Understanding the Research on Problem-Based Learning

  • An Example of Problem-Based Learning
  • The Case for Problem-Based Learning
  • Differences Among Problem-Based Learning Approaches
  • Some Practical Advice for Implementing Interdisciplinary, Problem-Based Units

Goal 2: What Is Problem-Based Learning as Codevelopment and What Are the Benefits?

  • Impact on Members of the Community

Goal 3: Planning and Implementing Problem-Based Learning as Codevelopment

  • Problem-Based Learning as Codevelopment: Planning and Implementing the Teaching and Learning Process

Goal 4: Applying PBL-CD to Language Arts and Humanities

  • How Are Perceptions of the Homeless Changing? Making Whole Language More Problem Based
    —Claudette Rasmussen
  • How Do We Make a Proposal for a Public Sculpture?
    —Ted Injasulian

Goal 5: Applying PBL-CD to Science and Mathematics

  • What Can We Do About Asthma in Our Community?
    —Delamie Thompson, Paul Gilvary, and Mary Moffitt
  • A Museum Project: Parallel Evolution
    —Sheila Schlaggar and Gail Sims Smith

Goal 6: Applying PBL-CD to Interdisciplinary Multicultural Studies

  • The Aztec Study: Building on Children's Capital by Exploring Our Aztec Past
    —Susan Kolian, Kim Alamar, and Sheila Epstein
  • Reflecting the World Around Us: Building Multicultural Understanding
    —Claudette Rasmussen, Mary Brady, and William Munroe

Goal 7: Applying PBL-CD to Projects Involving Multiple Schools

  • Discovery Channel Learning Community: The Promised Land Project
    —Will Duggan and Andree Duggan
  • Problems as Possibilities: Transforming Garbage Into Gold
    —Sheryl L. Finkle and Linda T. Torp

Final Review


  1. Indicators of Engaged Learning
  2. PBL-CD Template: Outcomes and Assessments
  3. PBL-CD: An Illustration of the PBL-CD Teaching and Learning Process



About the Authors