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Stephen Downes

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Whenever I see something on problem-based learning I am always reminded of Larry Laudan's groundbreaking book Progress and Its Problems (good summary here) where he argues the way we choose between competing research theories is their effectiveness in solving problems. This article isn't so influential, but it's an accessible look at problem-based learning as a pedagogical practice. Obviously I see a long term benefit to learning how to solve problems, and (contra those focused on content knowledge) it's not the particular science that's being learned that's important, it's the overall approach so solving problems and making progress. It's like The Martian's Mark Watney (Matt Damon) says: work the problem. Then the next problem. If you solve enough problems, you get to live.

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