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Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, IMSA, PBL, problem-based learning


Problem-based learning (PBL) is focused experiential learning organized around the investigation and resolution of messy, real-world problems.

  • PBL engages students as stakeholders immersed in a messy, illstructured, problematic situation.
  • PBL organizes curriculum around this holistic problem, enabling student learning in relevant and connected ways.
  • PBL creates a learning environment in which teachers coach student thinking and guide student inquiry, facilitating learning toward deeper levels of understanding while entering the inquiry as a co-investigator.

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