Childrens Services Flexible/Problem Based Learning

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Problem Based Learning (PBL)

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Please answer the following in your student portfolio:
How were you taught at school?
Did you learn well this way?


Traditionally, students learn by listening to lectures and reading, and are assessed on their ability to recall and communicate what they have learned. With problem-based learning, students are assessed on their ability to go through a problem solving process.

Benefits of PBL

  • Research shows that PBL gives the learner greater long-term benefits than traditional learning, and many successful and progressive universities around the world use it in their courses. Graduates of PBL courses advance faster and further in their careers.
  • Develops critical and creative thinking;
  • Creates effective problem-solvers;
  • Increases motivation;
  • Encourages lateral thinking;
  • Improves communication and networking skills;
  • Is based on real-life situations.

The problems that you will solve will relate to what you are learning. They are problems that you might encounter when working, adapted to your level of study.