Problem based learning (PBL): a conundrum

Wells, Samantha H., Warelow, Philip J. and Jackson, Karen L. 2009, Problem based learning (PBL): a conundrum, Contemporary nurse : a journal for the Australian nursing profession, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 191-201.

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Title Problem based learning (PBL): a conundrum
Author(s) Wells, Samantha H.
Warelow, Philip J.
Jackson, Karen L.
Journal name Contemporary nurse : a journal for the Australian nursing profession
Volume number 33
Issue number 2
Start page 191
End page 201
Total pages 11
Publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd
Place of publication Maleny, Qld.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1037-6178
Summary Abstract Problem Based Learning (PBL) using minimal guided instruction is used as an educational strategy across a broad variety of disciplines in the tertiary sector. This paper includes some of the strengths and weaknesses of PBL, both in general and in relation to the health care setting, encompassing some of its philosophical underpinnings and its methodological approach. In an effort to explore some of the benefits and problems with PBL in the work setting, this account will comprise a realistic rather than idealistic focus and will include a range of perspectives from both a facilitator and student standpoint. We suggest that PBL is a useful strategy across a comprehensive nursing degree programme (as the ideal) provided the learning programme is supported financially and that its ideal creed which supports a small group approach are adhered to. What we find is that reality is often different, with individual facilitators condensing their PBL programmes to incorporate a modified PBL approach with this personalised approach often taking strength away from the original conceptions of PBL. What we suggest here is that these circumstances constitute a conundrum.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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