PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING ENHANCES THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL SKILLS

Ellen Ndovorwi

Abstract


The conceptof problem-learning (PBL) originated at McMaster University, Canada in 1969 as medical educators were looking for a more effective teaching and learning method for preparing learners for clinical practice. Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centred pedagogy in which students learn about a subject by solving open-ended problems in simulated real life situations. This paper is a reflection on myexperience of problem based learning in both classroom and small group meetings. I have found PBL to be a good strategy for enhancing social skills and problem solving. The team approach to scenario analysis and to managing group dynamics has helped us to tap from the diverse strength of team members. This has enhanced our creativity and on-going learning. In future course offerings, students’ participation could be enhanced by sharing scenarios with them well ahead of class presentations. In addition, both faculty and students need training on PBL.


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