Problem Based Learning

What is Problem-Based Learning?

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a learning strategy in which students learn about a subject by working in groups to solve an open-ended problem.

Every Mind Missions lesson is a problem-based learning experience.

The following are some of the defining characteristics of PBL:

  • Learning is driven by challenging problems with no single “right” answer·      
  • Students work as self-directed, active investigators and problem-solvers in small groups
  • A key problem is identified and a solution is agreed upon and implemented
  • Teachers adopt the role as facilitators of learning, guiding the learning process and promoting an environment of discovery

In a rapidly changing world with emerging challenges to overcome, we need problem solvers! Problem based learning engages students in the process of problem solving: how to think about the problem and generate solutions. These problems do not have obvious solutions, but are examples of challenging, open-ended problems faced in our world today.  In PBL, students learn to analyze the problem, seek information, reach informed judgments, and apply what they have learned in innovative solutions. The focus is on developing students’ abilities to think critically, creatively, and productively about a problem while nurturing collaborative skills. 

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