Theory and Practice in Language Studies, Vol 1, No 10 (2011), 1383-1387, Oct 2011
doi:10.4304/tpls.1.10.1383-1387

Observation and Reflection on Problem-based Learning

Xiang Zou

Abstract


Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through solving purposefully designed “problem”. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the PBL trains the students to develop reflective thinking and acquire the necessary skills to solve problems that were not directly related to the ones discussed in PBL. Following participation in the PBL which was incorporated in an immunology course, the students were examined on questions that can be divided into two types depending on their relatedness to the PBL questions. The result indicates that the students performed equally well on these two types of questions, confirming the build-up of general problem-solving capabilities. Strategies for further improving the PBL methodology according to various pedagogical theories and practices were also discussed.



Keywords


problem-based learning; web-based learning; teaching method

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