Developing Problems / Triggers

Developing Problems / Triggers

Lorna Uden, Chris Beaumont
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 36
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-744-7.ch006
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The starting point for problem-based learning is a problem statement, which is also often called a trigger since it starts the PBL case and prompts the development of learning issues. It is formulated as a problem, query or puzzle that the team has to investigate and may be presented in a number of ways, for example as a video or as a simple piece of text. In many ways, the problem statement is the key to successful PBL. If it does not stimulate the students’ interest or enable students to generate learning issues that relate closely to the desired learning outcomes, then there are likely to be difficulties with both team work and achieving cognitive learning outcomes. In this chapter we will explore the issues around the development of problem statements and collect advice from a variety of experienced practitioners on what makes an effective problem statement as well as what to avoid. We will also describe a possible process for the development of problem statements (triggers) and discuss examples.

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