A team-teaching model for practicing project-based learning in high school: Collaboration between computer and subject teachers

Ling Chian Chang, Greg C. Lee

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Abstract

Project-based learning (PBL) is a highly effective means of motivating students to learn independently. However, training or encouraging teachers to practice PBL in their classrooms is challenging, especially if the educational system does not accommodate creative teaching practices. In particular, in a test-driven educational system, time constraints and an excess of teaching content makes it difficult to practice PBL at the high school level. This work presents a novel team-teaching model that is based on collaboration between subject teachers and the computer teacher to facilitate PBL in the classroom. A two-year experiment was conducted to study the feasibility of the proposed model, in which the school computer teacher conducts PBL with the 10th grade students in the first year, and subject teachers conduct PBL with the 11th grade students in the second year. Experimental results indicate that the proposed model is feasible in the given educational setting. No class time was lost, and the subject teacher successfully conducted PBL activities. Furthermore, a follow-up survey indicated that the students enjoyed the PBL activities in both classes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)961-969
Number of pages9
JournalComputers and Education
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov 1

Keywords

  • Improving classroom teaching
  • Interdisciplinary projects
  • Secondary education
  • Teaching/learning strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

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