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New Approaches to Problem-based Learning
Revitalising Your Practice in Higher Education

ISBN 9780415871495
Published September 27, 2010 by Routledge
314 Pages

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Book Description

Problem-based learning (PBL) is a pedagogical approach that has the capacity to create vibrant and active learning environments in higher education. However, both experienced PBL practitioners and those new to PBL often find themselves looking for guidance on how to engage and energise a PBL curriculum. New Approaches to Problem-based Learning: Revitalising your Practice in Higher Education provides that guidance from a range of different, complementary perspectives.

Leading practitioners in the field as well as new voices in PBL teaching and learning have collaborated to produce this text. Each chapter provides practical and experienced accounts of issues and ideas for PBL, as well as a strong theoretical and evidence base. Whether you are an experienced PBL practitioner, or new to the processes and principles of PBL, this book will help you to find ways of revitalising and enriching your practice and of enhancing the learning experience in a range of higher education contexts.

Table of Contents



Part I. Stakeholders Designing Problem-based Learning Initiatives

1. Introduction to Problem-based Learning (PBL), Terry Barrett and Sarah Moore

2. Designing Problems and Triggers in Different Media: Challenging All Students, Terry Barrett, Diane Cashman, and Sarah Moore

3. Designing Authentic PBL Problems in Multidisciplinary Groups, Marie Stanton and Majella McCaffrey

4. Students as Essential Partners, Karen O’Rourke, Louise Goldring, and Marcia Ody

5. Making Strong Learning Connections: Students Involvement in Improving the Interconnections of Concepts in a PBL Module, Geraldine O’Neill and Woei Hung

6. Bringing Problems to Life Using Video, Compare/Contrast and Role Play: Applying Experience from Medical Education to Your PBL Context, Tatum Langford Korin and LuAnn Wilkerson

7. Employers’ Perspectives on Problem-based Learning Initiatives, Siobhán Drohan, Yves Mauffette, and Jean-Louis Allard

8. Evaluating Problem-based Learning Initiatives, Ivan Moore and Sari Poikela

Part II. Students Using Problem-based Learning to Enhance Capabilities

9. Students Maximising the Potential of the Problem-based Learning Tutorial: Generating Dialogic Knowing, Terry Barrett and Sarah Moore

10. Shining a Spotlight on Students’ Information Literacy in the PBL Process, Lorna Dodd, Eeva-Liisa Eskola, and Charlotte Silen

11. Developing Reflective Practitioners through PBL in Academic and Practice Environments, Marja-Leena Lähteenmäki and Lars Uhlin

12. Enriching Problem-based Learning through Design Thinking, Norman Jackson and Fred Buining

13. Using Assessment to Promote Student Capabilities, Catharine Pettigrew, Ingrid Scholten, and Emma Gleeson

14. The Triple Jump Assessment: Aligning Learning and Assessment, Ntombifikile Gloria Mtshali and Lyn Middleton

Part III. Sustainability and Building Capacity in Problem-based Learning Initiatives

15. Planning and Building Capacity for a Major PBL Initiative, Paul Finucane, Peter McCrorie, and David Prideaux

16. Empowering Tutors: Strategies for Inspired and Effective Facilitation of PBL Learning, Deirdre Connolly and Charlotte Silén

17. PBL Challenges both Curriculum and Teaching, Sari Poikela and Ivan Moore

18. A PBL Response to the Digital Native Dilemma, Timo Portimojärvi and Roisin Donnell

19. Rethinking Supervision of PhD Work Processes: ProBell Research Group Walking the PBL Talk, Anna Raija Nummenmaa and Merja Alanko-Turunen

20. How We Wrote This Book: A PBL Approach to Collaborative Writing, Sarah Moore and Terry Barrett

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Terry Barrett is a Lecturer in Education Development at University College Dublin where she works with curriculum development teams to design, implement and research PBL initiatives in a range of disciplines.

Sarah Moore is Associate Vice President and Professor at the University of Limerick, where she adopts a strategic focus on optimising teaching and learning.


"These authors have lived, breathed and researched PBL over a long time, so their wisdom in compiling and shaping contributions for this book is likely to benefit many interested readers."--British Journal of Educational Technology