PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING: A STEP TO QUALITY NURSING EDUCATION

Seitebatso Odiseng

Abstract


Problem-based learning (PBL) has its origin in medical education but has since spread to other fields including nursing education. It is a learner-centered approach that empowers learners to research on a topic on their own and to apply resultant knowledge in the solution of real-life problems. This approach uses group learning as a stimulus for interaction. In this paper, I share my experience of PBL teaching/learning approach as a learner and I focus on the learning scenarios, team learning and its dynamics, and how the approach enhanced my professional development. I have found PBL to be an ideal learning approach for graduate education because it incorporates some attributes of adult education. It prepares learners for leadership and management by cultivating skills of teamwork, communication and problem-solving. However, I believe that the quality of learning could be even more enhanced if PBL is used along with traditional methods of instruction. 


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