Project-based Learning Model for the Study of Blood Flow in the Human Blood Circulatory System

By Phattharawadee Hadkaew, Benchawan Wiwatanapataphee and Yong Hong Wu.

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This paper demonstrates the use of a project-based learning (PBL) model for the study of blood flow in the human blood circulatory system. The PBL model for the study consists of three phases: learning basic concepts and mathematical models of blood flow, working in a team on the assigned project, and presenting and participating in seminars. A hypermedia instruction package was developed using Dreamweaver and Flash to introduce the basic concepts of blood flow in the human blood circulatory system to the students. The instructor presents recent progress on mathematical modeling in the field and introduces several projects with project aims to students. Students are then divided into groups of three to five students with each group choosing one project to be completed in four weeks. Members in each project group are expected to discuss the elements of their project together, and break down the project into separate elements assigned to individual team members. After all elements of the project have been completed, the project team members discuss the final results and write up a project report. Finally, each group presents a seminar and defends the report.

Keywords: Project Based Learning, Mathematics Education, Blood Flow

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp.195-202. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.486MB).

Dr. Phattharawadee Hadkaew

PhD Student, Institute for Innovation and Development of Learning Process, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Phattharawadee obtained her BSc (Mathematics) and Graduate Diploma (Teaching Profession) from Mahidol University respectively in 2002 and 2003. From 2004, she has been a PhD student of the Science and Technology Education program in the Institute for Innovation and Development of Learning Process at Mahidol University Thailand. In 2006, Phattharawadee visited Curtin University to undertake one year research there. Her current research interest is project-based learning of mathematics.

Benchawan Wiwatanapataphee

Department Deputy Chair, Department of Mathematics, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Associate Professor Wiwatanapataphee obtained her PhD from Curtin University of Technology in 1998. Her current research interests include: mathematical modeling, industrial engineering, medical biology and nanotechnology in drug delivery, mathematics education (symbolic package, project-based learning and web-based learning).

Yong Hong Wu

Postgraduate Courses Coordinator, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Curtin University and Technology, Perth, WA, Australia

Associate Professor Wu obtained his PhD from University of Wollongong in 1990, and continued there as an Australian National Postdoctoral Fellow. Since January 1993, A/Prof Wu has been working with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Curtin University of Technology. His main research interests include: computational mathematics, applied mathematical modelling, fluid dynamics and heat transfer, and biomedical science.

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