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What are Problem-based Pedagogies?

Savin-Baden, Maggi (2020) What are Problem-based Pedagogies? Journal of Problem-based Learning. ISSN Print: 2288-8675 Online: 2508-9145

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Since its inception in the 1980s, problem-based learning (PBL) has developed in diverse ways Concept analysis worldwide, yet there has been relatively little mapping of its theories, practice, or disciplinary differences. This has led to confusion within the academic community about which constellation to adopt, or what would be the best fit for a given curriculum. The argument of this paper is that many PBL curricula focus on ‘tracing’ and ‘tracing over’ other forms of PBL, yet what is needed is a shift toward imaginative curricula. It will explore where PBL curricula are we now, what is getting in the way, how and PBL pedagogies might be re- delineated.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: pedagogies, quality, curriculum, assemblages, flexible pedagogies
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Maggi Savin-Baden
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2019 10:19
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:27

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