Problem-based learning

Project Kaleidoscope has found through experience and research, that the ideal model for learning science and mathematics in college has three irreducible qualities:

  • The learner is enmeshed in a community of learners;
  • The learning experience is personal;
  • The learning established connections that place science in context.

A good model for learning science and math has great potential for improving science education. Problem-based learning places science in context and allows students to work with with their peers and faculty on scientific problems facing us today.

"How can I get my students to think?" is a question asked by many faculty, regardless of their disciplines. Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method that challenges students to "learn to learn," working cooperatively in groups to seek solutions to real world problems. These problems are used to engage students' curiosity and initiate learning the subject matter. PBL prepares students to think critically and analytically, and to find and use appropriate learning resources.
- Barbara Duch, University of Delaware