November 2009: Problem-Based Learning


Problem-Based Learning Comes of Age
Guest Perspective: Problem-Based Learning: A Socratic Method of Teaching for This Century
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Marsha A. Pyle
Campus Spotlight: University of British Columbia
ADEA CCI Updates

Problem-Based Learning Comes of Age 
Dr. Eugene L. Anderson, Associate Executive Director and Director, ADEA Center for Educational Policy and Research

Problem-based learning (PBL) is now 15 years old and seems to be coming of age. Wherever curricular change is under way, PBL is finding a niche. Whether helping to shape a single course or redefining an entire curriculum, PBL has established itself as a respected means of teaching dentistry.

In this edition of the ADEA CCI Liaison Ledger, our guest commentary comes from Dr. Nadeem Karimbux of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where PBL originated. He presents an overview of this teaching strategy, its benefits and challenges, and its ancient roots. In our faculty spotlight, we talk with Dr. Marsha A. Pyle, Dean at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry, about her role in overseeing a major curriculum redesign at Case School of Dental Medicine, which made use of PBL. We also visit the University of British Columbia, which has embraced PBL throughout its curriculum and taken this innovation into less familiar territory—its admissions process.

Links to JDE articles and to the sites mentioned in this edition’s stories are available under Resources. We hope you will use these to explore whether PBL may have a role to play in the curriculum at your home institution.

ADEA CCI Update 

Upcoming Events

Recent Accomplishments

  • ADEA President Dr. Ronald J. Hunt provided an update on ADEA CCI at the 51st Annual ADEA Deans’ Conference, November 7-10, 2009.
  • Dr. Hunt presented on the progress of ADEA CCI at the November 2009 American Dental Association Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) meeting in Chicago.
  • Dr. Hunt addressed a crowd on October 24 at the ADEA Fall 2009 Meetings. Dr. Hunt spoke about the tremendous progress of ADEA CCI in fostering an environment for change and innovation.
  • Feedback from the 2009 ADEA CCI Liaisons Meeting shows that it was a valuable opportunity for Liaisons from across North America to learn, teach, and strengthen their ability to lead change and innovation.