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written by Nathaniel Lasry
published by the Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development
consultant: Bruce Tracy
Available Languages: English, French
This page contains an overview of the Problem-Based Learning pedagogical approach, an instructional method in which authentic problems are used as the basis for student activities.  The history and fundamental principles of the PBL method are discussed, with links provided to additional online resources.      

This page is part of a larger PBL collection, which includes a set of of field-tested activities for introductory physics classes.
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Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- General
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- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
= Problem Solving
General Physics
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- Physics Education Research
- High School
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= Activity
= Best practice
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.


Topic: Dynamics: Forces and Motion
Unit Title: Newton's First Law & Inertia

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional method that presents authentic, life-like situations to engage students in learning.  Click here to read more about the pedagogical basis of PBL and how to implement it in the physics classroom.  This site also features several PBL scenarios developed for introductory physics students (many are appropriate for high school).

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N. Lasry, (Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, Montreal, 2007), WWW Document, (http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=aboutApproach&endroitRetour=7&he=1050).
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N. Lasry, Problem Based Learning for College Physics: What Is Problem-Based Learning?, (Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, Montreal, 2007), <http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=aboutApproach&endroitRetour=7&he=1050>.
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Lasry, N. (2008, December 31). Problem Based Learning for College Physics: What Is Problem-Based Learning?. Retrieved October 21, 2014, from Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development: http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=aboutApproach&endroitRetour=7&he=1050
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Lasry, Nathaniel. Problem Based Learning for College Physics: What Is Problem-Based Learning?. Montreal: Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, December 31, 2008. http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=aboutApproach&endroitRetour=7&he=1050 (accessed 21 October 2014).
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Lasry, Nathaniel. Problem Based Learning for College Physics: What Is Problem-Based Learning?. Montreal: Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, 2007. 31 Dec. 2008. 21 Oct. 2014 <http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=aboutApproach&endroitRetour=7&he=1050>.
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