Problem-based Learning in Higher Education: Untold Stories

Problem-based Learning in Higher Education: Untold Stories

by Maggi Savin-Baden

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Overview

Problem-based learning is becoming increasingly popular in higher education because it is seen to take account of pedagogical and societal trends (such as flexibility, adaptability, problem-solving and critique) in ways which many traditional methods of learning do not. There is little known about what actually occurs inside problem-based curricula in terms of staff and student 'lived experience'. This book discloses ways in which learners and teachers manage complex and diverse learning in the context of their lives in a fragile and often incoherent world. These are the untold stories. The central argument of the book is that the potential and influence of problem-based learning is yet to be realized personally, pedagogically and professionally in the context of higher education. It explores both the theory and the practice of problem-based learning and considers the implications of implementing problem-based learning organizationally.

"Problem-based learning is contested and murky ground in higher education. In her study, Maggi Savin-Baden clears the thickets, offering a bold ambitious framework and, in the process, gives us a compelling argument for placing problem-based learning in the centre of higher education as an educational project. It is a story not to be missed."
- Professor Ronald Barnett

"This is a challenging and very worthwhile read for anyone concerned with the future of higher education, and issues of teaching and learning. The metaphor of 'untold stories' is powerfully explored at the level of staff and student experience of problem-based learning."
- Professor Susan Weil

Maggi Savin-Baden is Professor of Higher Education Research at CoventryUniversity. Prior to this she was a consultant in higher education and organizational learning where she worked primarily with those in higher education wishing to re-engineer curricula. She has been using and researching problem-based learning since 1987, and spends her spare time rock and ice climbing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780335203376
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 04/01/2000
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Maggi Savin-Baden is Professor of Higher Education Research at Coventry University. Prior to this she was a consultant in higher education and organizational learning where she worked primarily with those in higher education wishing to re-engineer curricula. She has been using and researching problem-based learning since 1987, and spends her spare time rock and ice climbing.

Table of Contents

Prologue

Part one: A web of belief?

Problem-based learning underestimated
Missing elements

Part two: Problem-based learning: an unarticulated subtext?

Games of chess?
From rooks, pawns and bishops
Images and experiences of problem-based learning

Part three: Learning at the borders

Recognizing disjunction
Managing transition
As good as it gets?

Part four: Problem-based learning reconsidered

Critical perspectives on problem-based learning
Problem-based learning and organizational cultures
Epilogue
Glossary
Bibliography
Index.

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