Problem Based Learning

Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject in the Context of complex, multifaceted, and realistic problems (not to be confused with Project Based Learning). The goals of PBL are to help the students develop flexible knowledge, effective Problem Solving skills, Self Directed learning, effective collaboration skills and Intrinsic motivation (Thinking Tools).[1] Working in groups, students identify what they already know, what they need to know, and how and where to access new information that may lead to resolution of the problem. The role of the instructor (known as the tutor in PBL) is that of facilitator of learning who provides appropriate scaffolding and support of the process, modelling of the process, and monitoring the learning.[2] The tutor must build students confidence to take on the problem, encourage the student, while also stretching their understanding. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem-based_learning

comparing to Project Based Learning


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