The other PBL
What is Problem-Based Learning?
In problem-based learning students work together to solve real problems that help develop knowledge in a particular course along with problem-solving, reasoning, communication, and self-assessment skills. It begins with a problem designed by the teacher who then models and coaches students through the research process. The student defines the problem, designs a plan to solve the problem, gathers information, constructs possible solutions, and selects (and presents) the best fit.
According to the Buck Institute for Education, problem-based learning is a smaller subset of project-based learning.
Each PBL has a different history with Problem-based learning starting with medical schools in the 1960s. Medical schools would use case studies or simulations.
Steps to PBL
1. What is the problem?
- Know/Need to Know
- Define the problem
2. Gather information
- Share information
- What are possible solutions?
- What is the best solution?
Where can you use PBL?
- What really happened at the Little Big Horn?
- Planning a city/community
- What is causing the coral reefs to die off?
- Math classes are most familiar with using PBL
- A new countries government? Which is best?