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Problem-based learning: rationale and description

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  • H. G. SCHMIDT

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    1. Department of Educational Development and Research, Faculty of Medicine, Rijksuniversiteit Limburg, The Netherlands
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H. G. Schmidt, Department of Educational Development and Research, Rijksuniversiteit Limburg, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands.

Summary

Problem-based learning is an instructional method that is said to provide students with knowledge suitable for problem solving. In order to test this assertion the process of problem-based learning is described and measured against three principles of learning: activation of prior knowledge, elaboration and encoding specificity. Some empirical evidence regarding the approach is presented.

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