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Problem-Based Learning: a Time to Reflect and Remediate

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V.D. Nadarajah ,

School of Medicine, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, MY
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S. Ravindranath,

School of Dentistry, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur, MY
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H. Bannaheke

School of Medicine, International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur,, MY
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Abstract

Purpose: Problem Based Learning (PBL) has become a widely accepted learning method due to its student-centred philosophy and non-didactic nature. While there are recognized benefits of PBL, there is equal concern about the problems which arise during execution. After several cycles of implementation or reviews, schools should be able to determine whether PBL is effective for their institution, if not, it may be useful to reflect on the challenges and consider remediation.

Methods: The rationalization for this motion is discussed based on the status of PBL in medical education, the various types of PBL, the problem cases, cultural contexts, facilitators’ skills, learning spaces and alternative teaching and learning methods.

Results and Conclusion: We conclude that educational strategies may be relooked and redesigned consistently to best suit the purpose. We do not suggest that all schools drop PBL, however, it is worthwhile to consider remediation or alternatives, if PBL is found to not effectively achieve the learning outcomes. The principles of constructive, contextual, collaborative and self-directed learning should continue to be the foundation for devising such educational strategies.

How to Cite: Nadarajah, V.D., Ravindranath, S. and Bannaheke, H., 2016. Problem-Based Learning: a Time to Reflect and Remediate. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 10(2), pp.4–10. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v10i2.21
Published on 01 Dec 2016.
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