Disadvantages Of Problem-Based Learning

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An integrated inquiry within teaching and learning is regarded as the interweaving between curriculum area’s, allowing student’s to make connections across the curricula, (Pigdon and Woolley, 1992). “Inquiry-based teaching is a pedagogical approach which invites students to explore academic content by posing, investigating and answering questions”, (Centre for Inspired Teaching, 2008). The author believes that an integrated inquiry approach has many benefits to student’s, as it abandons the traditional rigid subject barriers, and allows learners to explore, gather, process, refine and present information with a deeper understanding through a range of purposeful activities, (Page, 2018; Pigdon and Woolley, 1992). According to Jensen, (1996),…show more content…
The main difference between problem-based learning and inquiry based learning is the role of the educator. Briggs (2015, pp. 15), states that the educator in problem-based learning supports the process and expects learners to construct clear idea’s with out teacher assistance to be responsible for the problem solving, (Briggs, 2015). The author deems using problem-based learning in classrooms can benefit student’s as it prepares them for real life situations, however, feels as though children at a young age still require some explicit teaching, (Page, 2018). The Reggio Emilia approach is an embodiment of problem-based learning as it models observing what children know, are curious about and what challenges them. This links to the Early Years Learning Framework, Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world, (EYLF, 2014, p. 25), as children broaden their understandings of the world in which they live in and understand different ways of contributing through play and projects, (EYLF, 2014, p. 26). In a Reggio Emilia approach, children are viewed as competent and curious beings, full of knowledge, potential, and interest in relating to the world around them, (Child Discovery Centre, n.d). Educators are greatly receptive of children’s capacities and construct learning experiences and appropriate environments for children to respond suitably, (Child Discovery Centre, n.d). In comparison to this model of learning, theorist, Lev Vygostky stresses that learning occurs through interactions amongst adults and children and believes adults, as more skillful associates in the learning endeavour, provide social guidance and demonstration to children fostering development of both their
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