Why Problem-Based Learning

Why Problem-Based Learning

Lorna Uden (Staffordshire University, UK) and Chris Beaumont (Liverpool Hope University College, UK)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-744-7.ch003
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Abstract

Since its adoption at McMaster University, Canada, in the 1960s for medical school teaching, PBL has gained popularity and has spread to many disciplines worldwide. Why has PBL become so popular? We will discuss the benefits of PBL for learning by students compared to traditional methods of teaching. Although PBL offers many benefits to students in their learning, it also has disadvantages. Some of these disadvantages are discussed in this chapter. The chapter concludes with personal testimonies from students describing their experiences using PBL in their studies as well as in their current jobs.

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