Goals and Strategies of a Problem Based Learning Facilitator

By Kari Clase1, Peg A Ertmer1

1. Purdue University

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This paper describes an analysis of facilitation of a student-centered problem-based
learning group. The focus of this analysis was to understand the goals and strategies of
an expert facilitator in support of collaborative learning. This was accomplished through
interaction analysis using video data and stimulated recall to examine two PBL group
meetings. In this paper, we examine how specific strategies were used to support the PBL
goals of helping students construct causal explanations, reason effectively, and become
self-directed learners while maintaining a student-centered learning process. Being able
to articulate these strategies is an important step in helping others learn the art of PBL


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  • Kari Clase; Peg A Ertmer (2012), "Goals and Strategies of a Problem Based Learning Facilitator," https://stemedhub.org/resources/765.

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