Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

Problem-Based Learning

Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

Problem-Based Learning

Article excerpt

The Ida Moffett School of Nursing is one of five undergraduate departments at Samford University that is revising its curriculum to include Problem-Based Learning. The project benefits from an endowment grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. PBL, which originated in medical schools, requires active involvement of students in the process of learning. Small groups work on complex problems together, identifying and researching the concepts needed to solve the problem and acquire, communicate, and integrate information.

A required Community Health Nursing course at Samford has been revised to incorporate PBL. Six to eight students are presented with complex problems developed from practice situations and theoretical content that expands on previous knowledge and experiences. In class each week, they work with faculty facilitators who use a tutorial guide that includes key components of the problem. Students have access to a computer lab and other resources, including practitioners who are available for consultations during the class discussions.

Students are also assigned to work in smaller, distinct groups on community assessment projects. Again, facilitators are available to guide participants as they develop a systematic method to identify health, environmental, management, and social issues in the community. …

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