Problem-Based Learning (PBL)

By: Eric Pollard

A. What is Porblem Based Learning?

Problem-based Learning is a total approach to education. The curriculum consists of carefully selected and designed problems that demand from the learner acquisition of critical knowledge, problem solving proficiency, self-directed learning strategies, and team participation skills.

The objectives of PBL is to produce learners who will:
  • Engage the problems they face in life and career with initiative and enthusiasm
  • Problem-solve effectively using an integrated, flexible and usable knowledge base
  • Employ effective self-directed learning skills to continue learning as a lifetime habit
  • Continuously monitor and assess the adequacy of their knowledge, problem-solving and self-directed learning skills
  • Collaborate effectively as a member of a group

B. How is Problem Based Learning used?
Web-Quests and Group Presentations (listed below in the activity section) are a solid and fun way of making problem based learning a more rewarding experence.

C. External Activities
1. The Aquarium
2. Energy Woes
3. Global Warming

D. Outside Resource Papers Based on Problem-Based Learning
1. Constructivist Learning Environments
2. The Challenges of Problem-Based Learning
3. Effectiveness of Problem-based Learning Curricula: Research and Theory
4. The Challenges of Problem-Based Learning


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