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Cognitive Apprenticeship through Problem-Based Learning

, , University of North Texas, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Tampere, Finland ISBN 978-1-939797-08-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Problem-based learning (PBL) can foster student independence and critical thinking skills. The current study explores how PBL can further benefit from integration with the principles of a cognitive apprenticeship— using modeling, coaching, and fading to expose learners to authentic problem-solving skills and successful application of knowledge. By assuming the role of expert, a teacher can take a more active part in the problem-based learning model, providing the support necessary to create students who can solve ill-defined problems using real-world knowledge application and expert-level techniques for approaching tasks in cognitive domains.


Powell, J. & Stansell, A. (2014). Cognitive Apprenticeship through Problem-Based Learning. In J. Viteli & M. Leikomaa (Eds.), Proceedings of EdMedia 2014--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 2256-2261). Tampere, Finland: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 24, 2021 from .


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