PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING MAY BE DEMANDING BUT THE REWARDS ARE GREAT!

Godfrey Nhivativa

Abstract


Problem Based Learning (PBL) is relatively new in some educational institutions even though it has been in existence for decades. PBL is a learner-centred instructional approach that uses scenarios to stimulate learners to seek viable solutions to scenarios through extensive search for information and group work. The purpose of this paper is to share my experience of problem-based learning. I found PBL to be demanding in terms of the search for knowledge. However, in the end, the method enhances learning as it enables students to be responsible for their own learning as well as acquire concrete skills for real life problem solution. Team learning allows sharing of experience and feedback for improvement. Whereas I would strongly recommend PBL for nursing education, I believe issues of age, level of learners, and other environmental factors need to be considered if the concept of “self-directed learning” is to be fully exploited.


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