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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.




Northern Arizona University Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

EEOP Staff
Environmental Education Outreach Program (EEOP)
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)
PO Box 5768
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5768
Phone: (928) 523-1275
Fax: (928) 523-1280
E-mail: eeop@nau.edu

Last updated: May 26, 2005