Introduction Chapter: PBL vs. Traditional Two

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[. . .] Participants also were more open to new ideas and using resources that were not used by the traditional learning students.

Another study confirmed that prognosis by determining that "The effects of student orientated learning environments have for instance been shown to increase over time with students in student orientated courses reporting more self-regulation than students in traditional courses (Minnaert & van der Hulst, 2000; Vermetten, 2002).

If the findings from the Lycke, et al. study are true, then the objective must be examined regarding respiratory therapy training. The question that needs to be answered might well be one of exactly what does the student need to retain in order to be an effective respiratory therapist.

Other studies have also been conducted comparing the two radically different approaches to teaching, and many of those studies have taken place in the educational and medical communities.

One 2006 study of high school students may present evidence of what will be discovered by this study; two classes of high school biology students were both taught the same subject by the same teacher. One class was taught using problem-based learning, while the other class was taught using a textbook-oriented traditional instructional method. What the results revealed where that the PBL students had higher intrinsic goal orientation, task value, use of elaboration learning strategies, critical thinking, metacognitive self-regulation, effort regulation, and peer learning compared to the other class (Sungur & Tekkaya, 2006, p. 308). Of course, this study compared high school biology students to other high school biology students, so results may not have anything at all to do with university respiratory therapy students; it will be interesting to see if the results are similar.

That there is a difference between learning via PBL and learning through the traditional teaching method is a given, what this study seeks to determine is whether such differences are so pronounced that it would make sense to favor one approach over the other. After all, learning styles, approaches and methodologies are constantly changing, being improved and new ones implemented in an ongoing style. Determining what approach works best is an ongoing venture. It is the aim of this study to add to the abundant literature available on the subject.


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