Can Using A Multimedia-Enriched Problem-Based Learning Environment Improve At-Risk Students’ Attitude?
Abstract: Research has shown students’ attitude toward learning affects their learning outcomes. In this study, we examined if the use of a multimedia-enriched problem-based earning (PBL) science environment can improve at-risk middle school students’ attitude toward science. The results, using a mixed-methods design, showed that these students significantly improved their attitude toward science after they engaged in PBL learning. While there were no differences in the attitude toward science scores between the genders, the girls had larger gain scores from pre- to post-tests. A strong positive relationship between attitude toward science and science knowledge was also found. Such research should provide much needed insights on the effect of PBL for all students.