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Abstract

Problem-based learning is a promising new instructional strategy currently being implemented in all levels of education from institutions of higher learning to kindergartens. To encourage continued implementation, this literature review examines the process of problem-based learning, elucidating for the educator issues surrounding each of the primary steps in such implementation. A brief history of problem-based learning is given, followed by a working definition of this strategy. Then, the article summarizes information in the current literature surrounding each of the following steps in problem-based learning: problem presentation, separation of known facts from unknown issues, individual research, group analysis, solution generation, solution presentation, and evaluation.

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