Breakout sessions A & B:
Pulling it all together: The problem-based learning approach

Breakout sessions A & B:
Pulling it all together: The problem-based learning approach

Sunday, October 12, 2003
9:00 - 9:45 am

Presenter:
Deborah Allen, Associate Professor of Biology, Undergraduate Programs Director- University of Delaware

In problem-based learning (PBL), problems are used to motivate contextual learning on a need-to-know basis, rather than as checks of understanding following delivery of content by lecture or other means. Students in small groups work towards problem resolution by asking and answering their own and peers' questions, using their collective skill at acquiring, analyzing, and communicating information. Adoption of PBL strategies can thus entail a complete re-conceptualization of a course or curriculum to "walk the fine line" between PBL's student-centered, constructivist nature and the uncovering of essential course content. In addition to discussing the broader issues this restructuring entails, this session will provide examples of choices made to transform a traditionally taught introductory biology course to feature the PBL approach.