Collaborative development of a problem-based learning evaluation toolkit

Carolyn Gibbon

Abstract


Problem-based learning (PBL) has been championed in many disciplines as an effective student-centred process of learning. The body of literature extolling the virtues of PBL is vast, yet questions are still raised over the effectiveness of PBL. PBL is credited with developing many transferable skills such as team-working, collaborative learning, and communication skills, as well as knowledge acquisition. Yet it would appear that PBL continues to demand scrutiny in a way that arguably, the provision of lectures does not (Boud and Feletti 1997). In order to support and encourage pedagogical research into this area, a PBL Evaluation Toolkit has been developed. This paper will discuss the development of the Toolkit and how educational practitioners
may use the tools within to support their research.

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