29th FEBS Congress

26 June - 1 July 2004WarsawPOLAND

Organizer: Polish Biochemical Society

Patronage: Aleksander Kwaƛniewski,

President of the Republic of Poland


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Programme - Special sessions

[1] "Problem-based Learning: Information or Skills ?"

Problem-based learning (PBL) is widely used in medical education in, for example, over 50% of Medical Schools in North America, in at least 3 medical schools in the UK, and in the University of Maastricht, Netherlands, and in Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey and in the Medical Faculties of the Universities of Bern, Basel and Geneva in Switzerland.

Many people believe that there are strong educational reasons for moving in this direction, and of using it in other courses than medicine. However, implementing PBL involves a radical re-organization, and furthermore, there have been some criticisms of the method for use with undergraduates rather than postgraduates (as is the case in N. American Medical Schools).

The session in the FEBS meeting will explain PBL and also aim to evaluate it and discuss the problems associated with it. On Sunday June 27 there will be four lectures on various aspects of PBL: its philosophy, examples from Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, examples from Medical Schools, and the problem of assessment in PBL.

On Monday June 28 there will be a Workshop, run by experienced practitioners, in which participants will be able to experience for themselves a problem-solving session as if they were students. They will also be able to discuss the barriers to be overcome if they wish to use PBL in their courses.

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