Problem-based learning - is it right for Sri Lanka?

Macan Markar, Deborah and Madurapperuma, Ajith and Maroulis, Jerry (2006) Problem-based learning - is it right for Sri Lanka? In: Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference (APERA 2006): Educational Research, Policy, and Practice in an Era of Globalization: The Asia Pacific Perspectives and Beyond, 28-30 Nov 2006, Hong Kong.

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Employers in the ICT sector in Sri Lanka are concerned about the soft skills of the graduates they employ. The training sector is aware of their concerns but find it challenging to nurture the appropriate skills and attitudes in students used to traditional, teacher-centred learning environments. Elsewhere in the world, problem-based learning has provided a solution for similar scenarios. However the learning environment in the Sri Lankan university sector challenges some of the basic assumptions generally made in implementing PBL i.e. that there will be free and open dialogue between students, that student teams will recognise each other as equal peers, that facilities to accommodate small group work can be made available. This paper describes a partially successful venture to introduce PBL to the public university system in Sri Lanka and identifies modifications that need to be made to the model in future implementations.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2010 12:33
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2013 03:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: problem-based learning; PBL; soft skills; tertiary education; Sri Lanka
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
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development

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