Problem Based Learning
Stenden South Africa uses Problem Based Learning (PBL) in its courses. In Problem Based Learning, learning is thought to be the process of actively acquiring and processing information that changes the behaviour of the student in a relatively irrevocable way. This acquired knowledge, being of a cognitive nature, may also be of an affective or psychomotor nature.
- Social motive: Working on Problem Based Learning tasks in small study groups stimulates the development of co-operation.
- Educational-didactic motive: The Problem Based Learning method ‘forces’ students to develop personal discipline and an ongoing working rhythm.
- Educational contents and methodical motive: As opposed to the lecture/exam approach in which students often learn only specific significant information, the Problem Based Learning approach stimulates gaining a broad array of knowledge by presenting a carefully chosen problem as a starting point. It promotes the integration of various disciplines. In addition to acquiring knowledge and skills, the PBL session gives the student the opportunity to practice and use the knowledge and skills gained.