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Suggested readings and archived documents of interest to PBL Faculty, Researchers, and others

Visit the PBL Hawaii site for additional resources

PBL Websites

Making Learning Real with Problem Based Cases contains resources and organizational tools for PBL students and instructors : http://www.makinglearningreal.org/tools.html

STEM PBL Project at the New England Board of Higher Education has a selection of media rich PBL challenges and resources: http://www.nebhe.org/programs-overview/professional-curriculum-development/about-stempbl/stem-pbl-program/

UNESCO Chair in PBL (Aalborg University, Denmark) offers Ph.D. and Masters programs in PBL and leads collaboration internationally among PBL researchers: http://www.ucpbl.net/

Project-Based Learning: A Working Model for Student Engagement is an interview (with slides) by the Drop Out Prevention Center of a PBL practitioner and her student:


University of Maastricht in the Netherlands is built on a PBL model of teaching and learning: http://www.unimaas.nl/pbl/mission/mission001.htm

Research and resources on PBL and the McMaster Model of student-centered, problem-based learning are available on the McMaster University website at: http://cll.mcmaster.ca/resources/pbl.html

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) PBL Network’s model “Collaborative Inquiry in Action” can be found at http://cll.mcmaster.ca/resources/pbl.html

PBL@UD (Problem Based Learning at University of Delaware) contains extensive resources, including a PBL Clearinghouse of peer reviewed problems is at http://www.udel.edu/inst/

The University of Adelaide hosts Leap into…PBL resources in their Centre for Learning and Professional Development at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/clpd/resources/leap/

PBL Articles and Reports

Closson, R. (2008). Use of problem-based learning and case study in continuing professional education. The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 56 (2).

Closson, R. B., & Stokes, C. (2011). Increasing adult learner engagement in e-learning courses through learner case writing. In Wang, V. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of information communication technologies and adult education integration. (pp. 971-984). doi:10.4018/978-1-61692-906-0.ch059

Davis, P., Kvern, B., Donen, N., Andrews, E., & Nixon, O. (2000). Evaluation of a problem‑based learning workshop using pre-and post-test objective structured clinical examinations and standardized patients. The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 20, 164-170.

Distlehorst, L. H., Dawson, E. D., Robbs, R. S., & Barrows, H. W. (2005). Problem-based learning outcomes: The glass half-full. Academic Medicine, 80(3), 294-299.

Downing, K., Kwong, T., Chan, S.-W., & Lam,T.-F. (2009). Problem-based learning and the development of metacognition. Higher Education, 57, 609-621. doi: 10.1007/s10734-008-9165-x

Hmelo-Silver, C. E. (2004). Problem-based learning: What and how do students learn? Educational Psychology Review, 16(3), 235-266.

Kolmos, A., Du, X., Holgaard, J.E., & Jensen, L.P. (2008). Facilitation in a PBL environment. Aalborg University, Denmark. Retrieved from http://www.euronet-pbl.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Facilitation_in_a_PBL_environment.pdf

Kreber, C., & Castledon, H. (2009). Reflection on teaching and epistemological structure: reflective and critically reflective processes in ‘pure/soft’ and ‘pure/hard’ fields. Higher Education 57(4), 509‑531. doi: 10.1007/s10734‑008‑9158‑9

Mezirow, J. (1991). Transformative dimensions of adult learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey‑Bass.

Owens, N., Padula, C., & Hume, A. (2002). Developing and using interdisciplinary case studies in teaching geriatrics to practicing health care professionals. Educational Gerontology, 28, 473-489.

Schmidt, H. G. (1993). Foundations of problem-based learning: some explanatory notes. Medical Education, 27(5), 1365-2923. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2923.1993.tb00296.x

Savrey, J. R. (2006). Overview of problem-based learning: Definitions and distinctions. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 1(1), Article 3. Retrieved from http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/ijpbl/vol1/iss1/3/

Spliid, C.M., & Qvist, P. (2010, May). The Aalborg Model and management by objectives and resources: Preliminary theoretical frame. Paper presented at Visions, challenges, and strategies for problem based learning, Aalborg Universitv, Denmark. Retrieved from http://www.box.net/shared/5l4xb56cud

White, M., Michaud, Pachey, G., Lirenman, D., Kolenc, A., & FitzGerald, M. (2004). Randomized trial of problem-based versus didactic seminars for disseminating evidence‑based guidelines on asthma management to primary care physicians. The Journal of Education in the Health Professions, 24, 237-243.

Yarnall, L., Toyama, Y., Gong, B., Ayers, C., & Ostrander, J. (2007). Adapting scenario-based curriculum materials to community college technical courses. Community College Journal of Research & Practice, 31(7), 583-601.

Yarnall, L., & Ostrander, J. (2012).  The assessment of 21st‐century skills in community college career and technician education programs. In C. Secolsky and D.B. Dennison (Eds.) Measurement, assessment, and evaluation in higher education. New York, NY: Routledge.

[Adapted with permission from Jane Ostrander & Rosemary Closson, (2012). Instructional Strategies for Fostering Professional Skills with Problem-based Learning. AHRD 2012 Innovative Session]

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