The potential improvement of team-working skills in Biomedical and Natural Science students using a problem-based learning approach

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Forough L. Nowrouzian ; Anne Farewell (2013)
  • Publisher: Aalborg University Press
  • Journal: Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education (issn: 2246-0918, eissn: 2246-0918)
  • Subject: Special aspects of education | LC8-6691
    acm: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDEDUCATION

Teamwork has become an integral part of most organisations today, and it is clearly important in Science and other disciplines. In Science, research teams increase in size while the number of single-authored papers and patents decline. Team-work in laboratory sciences permits projects that are too big or complex for one individual to be tackled. This development requires that students gain experience of team-work before they start their professional career. Students working in teams this may increase productivity, confidence, innovative capacity and improvement of interpersonal skills. Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional approach focusing on real analytical problems as a means of training an analytical scientist. PBL may have a positive impact on team-work skills that are important for undergraduates and postgraduates to enable effective collaborative work. This survey of the current literature explores the development of the team-work skills in Biomedical Science students using PBL.
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