A project management approach to sustainable PBL curriculum design implementation at Bahrain Polytechnic

Coutts, Chris and Huijser, Henk and Almulla, Hasan (2012) A project management approach to sustainable PBL curriculum design implementation at Bahrain Polytechnic. In: 3rd International PBL Symposium: PBL and the Problematization of Teaching and Learning, 7-9 March 2012, Singapore.

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This paper focuses on the implementation process of PBL at Bahrain Polytechnic, and in particular on the elements that need to be in place to facilitate the implementation of PBL in a sustainable manner. This paper will report on the adoption of a project management approach to sustainable PBL implementation at Bahrain Polytechnic. The methodology has a qualitative focus and combines document analysis with semi-structured interviews and focus groups with the key stakeholders (i.e. teaching staff, management staff, and students). An analysis of the qualitative data, with a key focus on whether a project management approach to PBL implementation is successful, is presented.

Bahrain Polytechnic was established in 2008, so it is still in an establishment phase. This has advantages, in the sense that many elements of the curriculum are still in development and can be designed according to PBL principles. At the same time however, teaching staff have eclectic backgrounds with various degrees of expertise, and when it comes to PBL, generally with very little experience. This has created significant challenges, as teachers tend to hold on much tighter to what they know (i.e. more traditional approaches to teaching). For PBL implementation, this has meant a much slower pace than was planned. In response the implementation team decided to adopt a project management approach to PBL implementation. Early indications are that this much tighter reporting structure and clear ‘performance indicators’ are proving to be effective in assisting with the transition process from a traditional curriculum to a PBL approach.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2012 04:21
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 02:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: problem based learning, project management, PBL implementation, employability skills, Bahrain Polytechnic
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390403 Educational administration, management and leadership
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20989

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