“There are too many blogs – I’ll never write one”
Stephen Pile, the author of The Book of Heroic Failures* – a soon to be bestseller, declared in 1977 that he would never write a book -he was wrong.
Until recently this has been my feeling too. There are too many great blogs out there on the areas I would blog about – so what was the point. Seems I was wrong too.
So what changed?
Simple really – I realised that there was something I was interested in and that I would like to build a blog around. Also there don’t seem to be many other blogs on Problem/Project Based Learning in English Language Teaching (in Turkey)**.
I first came across Problem Based Learning
“a pedagogical technique that situates learning in complex-problem solving contexts.” (Hmelo-Silver 2004, p.261)
during my studies for my MA in TESOL & Technology at the University of Manchester. For my dissertation I created an eight week, wiki-based, integrated skills course in which PBL played a central role. That was a few years ago.
PBL has remained in the back of my mind (and the front whenever I get to bore people about it). Recently I have been lucky enough to become involved in planning for a possible PBL component to courses at my university. The process of researching and thinking about PBL again as well planning and working with colleagues has left me with many ideas I wish to share.
So, I have started this blog.
I intend it to be…well I’m not entirely sure. There are things I want to say but also it would be nice to get ideas from other people with an interest too in using PBL in English Language Teaching.
Hmelo-Silver, C E 2004, ‘Problem based Learning: What and How Do Students Learn?, Educational Psychology Review, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp.253-266.
Pile, S. 1979. The Book of Heroic Failures, Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd, London.
** Here is an edutopia.org article on the differences between Project Based Learning and Problem Based Learning.