n Education as Change - The utility of adopting problem-based learning in an international relations foundation course

Volume 10, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1682-3206
  • E-ISSN: 1947-9417
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This paper examines the implementation of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) through simulation games in the International Relations foundation course at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). PBL is becoming an increasingly popular teaching and learning approach at tertiary institutions, however, as it usually requires students to display sophisticated levels of knowledge in the subject and the ability to solve complex problems, it is often only used in higher years of study. This paper argues that PBL can be an excellent teaching and learning tool at the foundation course level if the course is well-conceptualised and scaffolded, and that it has the capacity to impart essential skills to first-year students who are under-prepared for tertiary study.

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