PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING: THE BEST TOOL FOR LEARNING

Boingotlo Hlabano

Abstract


Problem-based learning (PBL), which was first developed in medical education in the 1950s, has become increasingly popular across disciplines in higher education institutions. PBL is a focused, pragmatic approach to learning that provides an opportunity for students to investigate, explain, and come up with solutions to an ill structured problem. It has been found to be effective in developing or enhancing learners’ problem solving skills, self-directed learning and collaborative working relationships. In this paper, I reflect on my experience of PBL. I have found PBL to be a key strategy for learning responsibility, independent thinking, and discipline. It also helps in building substantial knowledge as it adopts a multidisciplinary approach to problem solving. Collaborative learning empowers students to become proficient communicators and problem solvers. However, I believe students could benefit from a comprehensive orientation to PBL before they take on their learning assignments. 


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