AQCP Problem-Based Learning
Problem-Based Learning (PBL):
The goal of AQCP (Air Quality Curriculum Project) is to increase awareness of air quality environmental and
health issues for students (grades K - 12) in tribal communities nationwide. The program encourages collaboration
between educators of Native American students and tribal environmental professionals to address these community
environmental issues. Additionally, the program encourages Native American students to consider preparing for
and entering environmental careers. AQCP believes that problem-based learning (PBL) is an effective pedagogical
technique to accomplish these goals.
"Education involves either problem solving or preparation for problem
solving... When teachers and schools skip the problem-formulating stage handing facts and procedures to students
without giving them a chance to develop their own questions and investigate by themselves students may memorize
material but will not fully understand or be able to use it. Problem-based learning (PBL) provides a structure
for discovery that helps students internalize learning and leads to greater comprehension."
Robert Delisle, 1997
How to Use Problem-Based Learning in the Classroom
"Solving Authentic Science Problems"
is an article written by Steve Uyeda for the National Science Teachers Association. This article provides additional
information about the PBL process and its implementation in a water management investigation with high school students
in Tucson, Arizona.
Last updated: May 26, 2005