PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING PRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY

Mary B Tiro

Abstract


Problem-based learning (PBL) has gained popularity in many learning institutions globally.  PBL is a student-centered approach in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem. It exposes students to both thinking strategies and domain knowledge. It stimulates learning curiosity among students through challenging problems. This paper reports on my personal experience of PBL. My experience with PBL has been a journey of frustration and confusion at the start and a triumph at the end. I have found PBL to be a practical way of learning that provides an integrated way of looking at phenomena. It offers several advantages over traditional teaching methods including cultivation of a sense of ownership of learning, responsibility, and accountability. However, it is important that PBL course offering be preceded by a comprehensive students’ orientation to the method; and that requisite resources be provided.

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