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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 243-246

Problem-based learning in health professions education: An overview

Department of Oral Pathology, Penang International Dental College, Butterworth, Malaysia

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Ajay Telang
Department of Oral Pathology, Penang International Dental College, 1200, Butterworth
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2321-4848.144363

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Problem-based learning (PBL) has been discussed and deliberated at various levels in health professions education in the last few decades. It has been accepted as a student-centered pedagogy that helps learners understand the core concepts, as well as helping them develop adult learning skills, communication skills, team working skills among other skills, which are considered as essential soft skills for future professional practice and employment. This article presents a description of the origin of PBL, the principles of learning that it is based on and a detailed description of the type of PBL process that can be used to introduce PBL. The research evidence in favor of PBL from the perspective of the faculty and the students has also been discussed with suggestions for future research based on literature.

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