Problem-Based Learning

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Problem-Based Learning

SKU# 9780826128416

An Approach to Medical Education

Author: Howard S. Barrows MD, Robyn M. Tamblyn BScN


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In this book, the authors address some basic problems in the learning of biomedical science, medicine, and the other health sciences. Students in most medical schools, especially in basic science courses, are required to memorize a large number of "facts," facts which may or may not be relevant to medical practice. Problem-based learning has two fundamental postulates--the learning through problem-solving is much more effective for creating a body of knowledge usable in the future, and that physician skills most important for patients are problem-solving skills, rather than memory skills.

This book presents the scientific basis of problem-based learning and goes on to describe the approaches to problem-based medical learning that have been developed over the years at McMaster University, largely by Barrows and Tamblyn.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 15, 1980
  • Page Count 224
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826128416
  • EISBN 9780826128423

Table of Contents 

    Foreword, Stephen Jonas
    Definition of Terms
  1. Problem-Based Learning: Rationale and Definition
  2. The Clinical Reasoning Process: Problem Solving in Medicine
  3. Educational Implications of the Clinical Reasoning Process
  4. Presenting the Patient Problem for Learning
  5. Facilitating Problem-Based Learning and the Development of Clinical Reasoning Skills for the Teacher and the Student
  6. Facilitating Self-Directed Study in Problem-Based Learning: Continued Skills for the Teacher and Student
  7. Evaluation of Problem-Based Learning and Clinical Reasoninig
  8. Selection of the Appropriate Problems for Learning
  9. The Design of Problem-Based Learning Units
  10. The Change to Problem-Based Learning
  11. A Summary

  12. References