If PBL is the answer, then what is the problem?
Keywords:PBL, Problem Based Learning, project catalogues
AbstractDanish PBL-based higher education institutions espouse the qualities of problem-based projects but actual practice shows a different picture. The predominant use of project catalogues and the formal requirements imposed by accreditation inhibit central intentions behind problem-based project work and there is now a danger of routinization.
In this paper we identify and analyze problems of routinization of project work based on students’ and supervisor’s perceptions of project work; this is done in the context of undergraduate degree programmes in the Department of Computer Science at Aalborg University.
We identify the need for a further discussion of the conflict between the espoused ideals of PBL and the actual practice at PBL-based higher education.
Our findings also point towards the need for action research into new ways of structuring problem-based project work in different settings.In particular, much greater attention should be devoted to the practice of semester coordination.
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