Problem based learning (PBL): A conundrum

@article{Wells2009ProblemBL,
  title={Problem based learning (PBL): A conundrum},
  author={Samantha Wells and Philip J Warelow and Karen Latrice Terrell Jackson},
  journal={Contemporary Nurse},
  year={2009},
  volume={33},
  pages={191 - 201}
}
Abstract Problem Based Learning (PBL) using minimal guided instruction is used as an educational strategy across a broad variety of disciplines in the tertiary sector. This paper includes some of the strengths and weaknesses of PBL, both in general and in relation to the health care setting, encompassing some of its philosophical underpinnings and its methodological approach. In an effort to explore some of the benefits and problems with PBL in the work setting, this account will comprise a… 
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