PBL vs. AI: Which Is Better., You Ask?

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Invest a few moments in thinking. It will pay good interest.

~Author Unknown

I have always been an advocate for teaching students how to think. After all what could be more important in the growth and development of a student? Whether we teach kindergarten or college students, arguably, thinking is the single most important process skill. Many of us recognize this and make every effort to engage students in meaningful dialogue and activities that yield such results. There are several well known (and other little known) instructional methods, approaches and/or strategies that, if used correctly, yield wonderful learning results, including, yes, thinking. A not so exhaustive list includes Socratic dialogue, case studies, brainstorming, discussion groups, cooperative learning, Think-Pair-Share, etc.

This issue highlights two teaching approaches-problem-based learning and appreciative learning. One is well known (the former) within the teaching ranks of agricultural education; the other (the latter) not so well known. The problem-based learning (PBL) approach (not to be confused with the problem-solving approach) continues to demonstrate its value in the secondary agriculture classroom. Anderson and Burris discuss the relative value and benefits of problem-based learning. PBL focuses on a curriculum topic that develops both problem-solving strategies and interdisciplinary knowledge bases and skill. …