Making Strong Learning Connections

O’Neill, Geraldine and Hung, Woei (2010) Making Strong Learning Connections. In: New Approaches to Problem-based Learning: Revitalising Your Practice in Higher Education. UNSPECIFIED, p. 63. ISBN 0203846923


This chapter should help you to answer the question stated above by presenting practical, evidence-based strategies that facilitate students to achieve “conceptual integration” in their discipline knowledge base. We will discuss three strategies that we have found to be particularly helpful in integrating discipline knowledge in a single-module PBL context. This chapter explores our experiences with a PBL module on education theories in a Postgraduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning that was taken by a group of academic staff. We will draw specifically on both our research study of this group (O’Neill & Hung, 2010) and a theoretical model (Hung, 2006) in order to suggest practical strategies that you can use to help students make strong connections in their learning.

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