Key Features

  • Examples of PBL cases, assessment questions, mechanisms and flow diagrams
  • Keys for successful group discussion, tips for self-directed learning and for passing examinations.
  • Instruction for using reflective journals and other resources.

Table of Contents

About This Book
Why Did I write This Book?
Who Should Read This Book?
How This Book Is Organized

PART I Introduction to Problem-Based Learning
1. Problem-Based Learning Overview
Why Do We Do Problem-Based Learning?
How Is Problem-Based Learning Different from What I Used to Do?
Defining Problem-Based Learning
What Are the Aims of Problem-Based Learning?
What Are the Roles of Tutors in Problem-Based Learning?
2. Problem-Based Learning Cases
Essential Elements in a Problem-Based Learning Case
Educational Tasks in Problem-Based Learning Templates
What Makes a Good Problem-Based Learning Case?
3. Problem-Based Learning Tutorials
Steps in Problem-Based Learning Tutorials
Student-Centered Approach and Collaborative Learning
Qualities of a Successful Group
Keys for Successful Group Discussion
Action Verbs and Group Dynamics
Typical Problems in Problem-Based Learning Tutorials
PART II How to Foster Your Study Skills in a Problem-Based Learning Course?
4. Self-Directed Learning
What Does Self-Directed Learning Mean?
Self-Directed Learning vs Spoon Feeding Approach
Self-Directed Learning and Problem-Based Learning Curriculum
Research and Self-Directed Learning
5. Learning Issues
Defining the Learning Issues of a Problem-Based Learning Course
Approaches for Collection of Information
Construction of Information
6. Construction of Mechanisms and Flow Diagrams
Backward versus Forward Mechanisms
Uses of Mechanisms in Tutorial 1 and Tutorial 2
Use of Mechanisms and Flow Diagrams in Assessment
Keys for Successful Writing of Mechanisms
7. Effective Use of Recourses
Resources Used in Problem-Based Learning Courses
Searching For Scientific Reviews
Effective Use of Medical Dictionaries
Effective Use of Textbooks
Effective use of Online Resources and Comp


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About the author

Samy Azer

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Lecturer, Medical Education, Faculty Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia; Visiting Professor of Medical Education, University of Toyama, Japan