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n Journal of Educational Studies - Problem-based learning (PBL) as a teaching method in the health sciences : an attempt to review the research area - research

Volume 16 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1680-7456

Abstract

Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) face challenges in presenting course materials so that students do not only gain knowledge of the discipline, but also become selfdirected learners with developed problem-solving skills for use in their future careers. Literature shows that problem-based learning (PBL) is both a problem-centred and student-centred process whereby students are actively involved in solving problems related to the context under investigation. This paper examines the literature on the applicability of PBL as a relevant teaching method in the health sciences. First, the paper conceptualises PBL, and then discusses its development as a teaching method. Second, the paper focuses on both the PBL’s advantages towards health improvement, and the challenges faced in its implementation. Last, the PBL’s importance in the health sciences as a teaching methodology is brought to the fore, after which recommendations for practice and further research close this paper.

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2017-07-01
2019-07-18

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