Advantages And Disadvantages Of Problem Based Learning

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Problem-based learning (PBL) is defined as an instructional strategy in which students work in a collaborative group. (Hmelo-Silver, 2004) Problem-Based Learning is a great form of communitcation among students to communicate to eachother information that can help other learners. Communication benfits not only the students now but even as adults in the work-place. The goals of PBL are to engage students in a complex problem-solving process in order to foster the development of (1) flexible knowledge, (2) problem-solving skills, (3) self-directed learning skills, (4) effective collaboration skills, and (5) intrinsic motivation (Hmelo-Silver, 2004). These stages provide a step by step method to design, implement, and assess. Problem-based learning is student-centered which allows students to take ownership of their learning,This type of…show more content…
Disadvantages of PBL for students: Assignments are not equally divided among students. Some students may receive more work while other students receive less work, Students may not agree and cause hostility in a group. Teachers may not be qualified to teach PBL and may not fully understand how it works. This does not allow the students to work to their full potential Teachers may not be qualified to teach PBL Advantages of PBL for students: Students learn new skills to complete a task in a group that they would not be able to answer on their own. Students have otherstudents feedback which can provide the student an advantage on aswers. Especially, if the student does not have an answer. Students are able to socialize by asking questions and working together as a group. The instructors role for PBL: The teacher must identify the problem. Organize groups. Be able to give feedback and support to
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