Teaching method

Master in Psychology

Problem-Based Learning

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a method that is based on the idea that the student plays an active role in the learning process (student-centered education). It is not about lecturing in order to accomplish information transfer (as is the case in traditional educational systems), but rather about active participation of the student in small groups. So most of the time, it’s not the teacher who’s explaining, it’s the students themselves.

This student-centered approach stems from the constructivist vision on learning which states that the best way to deal with information is to actively construct knowledge instead of passively consuming it.

With Problem-Based Learning, you have few mass lectures where you simply sit and listen to your lecturers, instead having to search for the information you need in small groups. You use the knowledge you already to acquire new knowledge. You have on average twelve contact hours a week. This time is spread over lectures, tutor groups and practice. You spend the remaining time on self-study and resolving the problem, which you can do alone or in groups. The majority of students spend around 40 hours a week on their studies.

Watch the video below and learn more about the Problem-Based Learning.