Abstract—Due to pay too much attention to pencil-and-paper
test, lacking of learning motivation and problem- solving ability
are quite popular for the vocational high school students in
Taiwan. This study developed a project-based curriculum for
the vocational high school students majored in food and
beverage, and examine the effect of the curriculum on students’
learning motivation and ability of problem solving by means of
quasi-experimental method and qualitative analysis. The objects
of this study are the students majored in food and beverage from
two vocational high schools in Taiwan, divided into treatment
group and control group. The treatment-group students are
given project-based teaching method and control group students
are given traditional teaching method during four week period
of courses. Research questionnaires consist of learning
motivation scale and problem-solving ability questions and
answers. The questionnaires, “Learning motivation of
vocational high school students” and “Problem-solving ability of
vocational high school students”, were conducted to both
treatment and control group students. The research results
showed project-based learning not only could enhance
vocational school students’ learning motivation, but facilitate
their problem-solving ability. The contribution of the research is
to the vocational education, especially to give the teachers a real
exemplar of PBL.
Index Terms—Project-based learning, learning motivation, problem-solving ability.
C.-L. Chiang was with the National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, 97401 Taiwan (e-mail: email@example.com).
H. Lee is with the National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, 97401 Taiwan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: C. L. Chiang and H. Lee, "The Effect of Project-Based Learning on Learning Motivation and Problem-Solving Ability of Vocational High School Students," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 6, no. 9, pp. 709-712, 2016.