Implementation Of Problem Based Learning Into Engineering Thermodynamics

  title={Implementation Of Problem Based Learning Into Engineering Thermodynamics},
  author={Karim J. Nasr and Bassem H. Ramadan},
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional pedagogy founded on the promises of knowledge construction by inquiry. Learning occurs by asking and obtaining answers for questions that are open-ended and challenging. This approach presents many challenges to students but capitalizes on having a real-life problem as the starting point. PBL is known for naturally combining classroom learning with real-life applications. This approach places the burden of knowledge acquisition on the students… 

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