Date of Award

Fall 12-20-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Nam Younkyeong


Problem Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional model which poses problems to students in life-like scenarios. The common feature among the many PBL models is “that it a constructivist pedagogy” (Hill & Smith, 2005, p. 20). Research has indicated that PBL offers many advantages to learning high school science, including that students experience “the nature of authentic inquiry and the different methods of finding answers to their questions” (Chin & Chia, 2006, p. 62). Research also shows that the success of PBL is dependent on the design, and on the circumstances, in which it is implemented. This project is a compilation of six custom-made Problem Based Learning modules (PBL’s) based on New York State Living Environment standards. They are scaffolded so as to assist students who may be challenged by self-directed components of PBL, while also providing detailed instructions in order to aid teachers in their successful implementation.