Lessons learned from 30 years Problem Based Learning as an institution wide concept of education

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Fri, 8 Jun 2018
8:00am to 9:30am
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About 30 years ago, Stenden University of Applied Sciences (NL, Europe) introduced problem based learning (PBL) as a new institutional concept of education. Through semi-structured interviews 40 lecturers were asked to elaborate on earlier given answers (questionnaire). It shows that all lecturers view PBL as a method or tool to be used in groups of 12 students twice a week. For some of them PBL is also an educational concept based on social-constructivism. They mention various reasons why the principles of PBL are less visible while executing PBL. Some of these reasons are: the questionable quality of the PBL tasks, assessments that are inconsistent with PBL principles and the lack of sharing experiences and indebt dialogue about PBL in the team of tutors. Recommendations to keep the essence of a concept of education alive finalize the presentation.

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