Problem Based Learning

Problem-based learning  (PBL) is a student-centered approach in which students learn about a subject by working in groups to solve an open-ended problem. This problem is what drives the motivation and the learning.  ( )

The difference between PBL’s

Problem-based learning typically follow prescribed steps:

  1. Presentation of an “ill-structured” (open-ended, “messy”) problem
  2. Problem definition or formulation (the problem statement)
  3. Generation of a “knowledge inventory” (a list of “what we know about the problem” and “what we need to know”)
  4. Generation of possible solutions
  5. Formulation of learning issues for self-directed and coached learning
  6. Sharing of findings and solutions

If you’re a project-BL teacher, this probably looks pretty familiar, even though the process goes by different names. Other than the framing and the more formalized steps in problem-BL, there’s really not much conceptual difference between the two PBLs — it’s more a question of style and scope:

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