Answer to "Do learners enjoy PBL?"

Largely, students enjoy PBL as the small group allows them to express their views in a safe environment. It often difficult to get students in a large cohort to answer questions. As the individuals in a small group get to know each other and their facilitator, it becomes easier for them to test their hypotheses. It is also a safe place to ask a question if in doubt and to make a mistake. As they spend several weeks to months with the same subset of students, friendships are likely to develop. The small group environment plays an important part in safely transitioning new students to university and to a new way of learning. A socially congruent facilitator accelerates this process.



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