THROUGH SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING, PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING CHALLENGES STUDENTS’ CREATIVITY
AbstractA reflection on what is learned has been found to enhance learning and the retention of what is learned. Reflection involves documentation and thoughtful examination of the experiences of a situation and associated emotional responses. Learners’ reflection on the learning experience is one of the defining attributes of problem-based learning (PBL), an approach to learning that emphases learner’s construction of knowledge in small groups. The purpose of this paper is to reflect on my personal experience of problem-based learning. I have found PBL to enhance self-directed learning, team work, creative and critical thinking, problem solving and life-long learning. PBL prepares students for both academic achievement and meeting the challenges of the work place upon graduation. BPL challenges students’ creativity and problem solving and as such, enhances the transfer of what is learned to the work place. I would therefore recommend problem-based learning for nursing education.