Managing problem-based learning

Challenges and solutions for educational practice

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Abstract

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method in which students work in collaborative groups to identify what they need to learn through facilitated problem solving. PBL can be very challenging to implement, as it requires a lot of planning and hard work. This qualitative research reports on the challenges in practicing PBL at one local institute in Malaysia. Data was collected using interviews and focus group involving one teacher and ten students’. Findings show that work overload, lack of training, role changes, wide curriculum coverage, attitudes and inadequate resources are some of the challenges identified. Most often the problems are not exhaustive, but if they are not dealt with, they may undermine the benefits that PBL offers. A survey type of research is foreseeable involving other PBL practitioners, in order to identify which problems pose the greatest challenge and thus address these problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-268
Number of pages10
JournalAsian Social Science
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2015

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Keywords

  • Challenges in PBL
  • Problem based-learning
  • Qualitative research

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