Problem‐based learning: rationale and description

  title={Problem‐based learning: rationale and description},
  author={Henk G. Schmidt},
  journal={Medical Education},
  • H. Schmidt
  • Published 1 January 1983
  • Medicine
  • Medical Education
Problem‐based learning is an instructional method that is said to provide students with knowledge suitable for problem solving. In order to test this assertion the process of problem‐based learning is described and measured against three principles of learning: activation of prior knowledge, elaboration and encoding specificity. Some empirical evidence regarding the approach is presented. 
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