The process, dialogues, and attitudes of vocational engineering high school students in a web problem-based learning (WPBL) system

Kuo Hung Tseng, Chi Cheng Chang, Shi Jer Lou

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This study aims to explore how high school students collaboratively solve problems in a web problem-based learning (WPBL) system in an 8-week digital logic course using discourse analysis. Employing in-depth interviews, this study also investigated the students' attitudes toward the WPBL system. The number of teaching assistants' responses had a negative relationship with the number of peer responses. Regarding dialogue quality, extended questions and brainstorming stimulated each other. Elaboration facilitated problem solving, whereas organizing knowledge from books or websites decreased reflection. Students affirmed the usefulness and effectiveness of the web system because it created an interactive, flexible, comfortable and collaborative learning environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-562
Number of pages16
JournalInteractive Learning Environments
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1



  • computer-mediated communication (CMC)
  • dialogue quality
  • engineering education
  • problem-based learning (PBL)
  • web problem-based learning (WPBL)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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