Sunday, June 23, 2013

Problem Based Learning (PBL)

PBL is a student centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of problem solving. The goals of PBL are to help the students develop flexible knowledge, effective problem solving skills, self-directed learned, effective collaboration skills and intrinsic motivation.

Generic skills and attitudes:
·      Teamwork
·      Chairing a group
·      Listening
·      Recording
·      Cooperation
·      Respect for colleagues views
·      Critical evaluation of literature
·      Self directed learning and use of resources
·      Presentation skills

Teacher roles:
·      Changes from “sage on stage” to a “guide by the side”
·      Acting at times as a resource person, rather than as knowledge-holder and disseminator
·      More like that of a facilitator  and coach of student learning

Students roles:
·      More active, as you are engaged as a problem-solver
·      Decision-maker and meaning-maker, rather than being merely a passive listener and note-taker

·      Active process
·      Positively aids modeling
·      Increases tolerance of uncertainty

·      Takes longer
·      Needs planning
·      Need good tutorial skills

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