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What is Problem-Based Learning (PBL)? It is magic, myth and mindset
Professor C.Y. Kwan
Visiting Professor
Department of Pharmacology
PBL is becoming an increasingly popular pedagogic jargon. “What does PBL stand for?” your students may ask. Whether PBL stands for Problem-Based Learning, or Partnership and Bonding in Learning (cited from the ‘PBL Student User’s Guide’ by the PBL committee of NUS’s Faculty of Medicine), it makes no difference to some students who do not care as long as this is not a question in the examination. Continue reading

Can Asians Do PBL?
Associate Professor Khoo Hoon Eng
Department of Biochemistry
Can Asians do PBL? Adopting the same approach as Mahbubani in his book Can Asians Think?, the answer is “No”, “Yes” and “Maybe”. Before I explain this ambiguous answer, PBL needs to be defined as it is generally accepted. Continue reading

Is PBL Suitable Only for the Health Sciences Curricula?
Associate Professor Grace Ong
Vice Dean, Faculty of Dentistry/
Head, Department of Preventive Dentistry/
Associate Director, CDTL
Detective K needs to identify exactly where the 1.7 m suspect, Bozo, was standing when a shot was fired. The bullet was located in a telephone pole at an angle of 60° with an apparent dent in a metal stop sign 2.3 m above the street. Bozo claims that he was standing facing the stop sign but 50 m away. The bullet hole was 3.2 m off the ground. The telephone pole is 10 m away. Continue reading