Problem based learning in a health sciences curriculum

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Alavi, C (ed.) 1995, Problem based learning in a health sciences curriculum, Routledge, London; New York.


Problem-based learning is an approach which places the student at the centre of the learning process and is aimed at integrating learning with practice. In this book, the contributors draw on their experience of designing and implementing a course for nurse education in Australia to present effective strategies for those considering adopting the approach or adapting it to their own curricular needs. The book identifies the advantages of such a method of learning in nursing and indicates how these might be extended to allied health disciplines, education and distance education. Problem-based Learning in a Health Sciences Curriculum is based on the contributors' first-hand experience of setting up a problem-based course and the evaluation and comments from students quoted in the book illustrate their enthusiastic response to this type of learning. It will be of interest to all those who want to explore and extend their teaching methods, including nurse educators, social workers, occupational therapists and psychologists.