How to organize the transition from a traditional curriculum to a PBL curriculum

Martin Paul

in Lessons from Problem-based Learning

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583447
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594519 | DOI:
How to organize the transition from a traditional curriculum to a PBL curriculum

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Some say that no challenge is more difficult than trying to change a traditional curriculum into a problem-based one. Maastricht University has been lucky in that it was able to start with problem-based learning (PBL) curricula right from its foundation. However, most universities that wish to adopt a PBL curriculum have to take a more difficult path. Some universities have walked this path successfully and it is worthwhile learning from their experiences. This chapter is based on involvement over the past twenty-five years in different models of PBL curricula, at Harvard Medical School, the University of Heidelberg, the Charité Medical Center in Berlin, and Maastricht University. It presents practical advice on the transition from a traditional to a PBL curriculum.

Keywords: University of Heidelberg; Harvard Medical School; Charité Medical Center; problem-based learning; curriculum development

Chapter.  4478 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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