PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING: A TEACHING STRATEGY THAT PREPARES THE STUDENTS FOR WORK LIFE

Segolame Kaelo

Abstract


Problem-based learning (PBL), which started in medical education in the 1960s, is currently used extensively in the same field; and has spread to fields such as nursing. PBL is a learning method that which involves student centered group learning facilitated by a tutor whose role is to guide the students toward discovering answers on their own rather than providing them with answers. PBL is believed to enhance higher order thinking. This paper reports on my experience of PBL. Initially, I was frustrated and shocked but at the end, I enjoyed and appreciated PBL. I found it enhancing communication and critical thinking skills. I believe it would even be beneficial if it is started at undergraduate level; such that when students get to postgraduate level, they will have mastered the concept and can therefore reap the best out of it. In addition, PBL needs to be complemented with other approaches to learning.


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