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BOOKS

OutLEARN! The Case for Problem-Based Learning

by Dr Lynda Wee
ISBN Number: 9789811178627

Preface

This book is written for parents, teachers and adult educators. The aim is to explore how to enhance learning for primary school learners so that they can outlearn, not just learn! With a long runway of development years ahead of them, how can we cultivate their passion for lifelong learning so that they are ready for change in a dynamic world.

Just take a look around you. Young children have insatiable questions. They ask WHY all the time – They figure things out, take risks and come up with original thoughts.

How can we continue to encourage their inquisitive minds, develop their creative and critical thinking?

How do we focus on developing their talents?

How do we nurture a mindset for growth?

This book advocates Problem-Based Learning as a natural and change-ready learning approach for learners, as it mirrors the way they learn, equips them with learning-to-learn skills and presents real world problems for them to solve.

By engaging them in deep learning, Problem-Based Learning fulfils the essence that education is change-based and will lead to a better world.

Reviewers' Quotes

“Lynda is a pioneer in Problem-Based Learning and a recognised expert in this field of learning. She has successfully distilled the Principles of Problem-Based Learning in her new book to add to existing methods that can realise better learning outcomes.

This is timely as the science of learning develops as an important research area. The book is a handy guide for teachers and parents to understand and implement Problem-Based Learning for primary school children. This early learning will set a strong foundation in our young to ask relevant questions and solve problems, which are critical skills needed for success in their future chosen fields.”

Professor Low Teck Seng
Chief Executive Officer
National Research Foundation Singapore

“Michelangelo felt that the beauty of a statue was already present in a block of marble. The sculptor’s skill lay in chipping away at the block to reveal the beauty within. Children are like blocks of marble, with the capacity to learn and flourish already within them. Problem-Based Learning offers an opportunity to make that learning explicit.

Parents and teachers in their eagerness to mould children hack at the marble instead of delicately chipping away. What Lynda Wee has done in her little book is to offer parents and teachers a Guide to Chipping.”

P.K. Rangachari
Professor (Emeritus) Medicine
BHSc (Hons) Program
McMaster University, Canada

“The ability to make sense of the complex world, connect the dots, seek out opportunities, and problem solve, requires us to have the skills to learn. These skills to learn-on-our-own and learn-collaboratively-with-others are the most critical foundational capabilities to live effectively in the future.

Lynda’s PBL playbook offers a structured scaffolding to inculcate this habit of learning in students. What used to be college-level learning is now made available to younger learners.”

Dr Soon-Joo Gog
Chief Futurist and Chief Research Officer
SkillsFuture Singapore

“Developing learners’ desirable attributes should be done at an early stage as in primary schools. The first-hand experience which the learners can acquire through engaging in Problem-Based Learning can help develop skills which can be applied in any context.

This book not only provides the rationale for the PBL approach, it also explains why and how the teachers can use this learning approach in their classes and how to assess learners’ learning by focusing on the process as well as the solution. I am confident in Lynda’s PBL expertise. She introduced Problem-Based Learning to our university.”

Associate Professor Dr Pornapit Darasawang
Vice President for Internationalisation
King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi

“In our complex environment, the ability to ask the right question is key to us being able to know where to start developing solutions.

Asking the right question is often more important than landing with the right solution. Critical thinking, challenging status quo will allow us to do better than we did yesterday.

This book is timely by addressing the importance and how to lead challenges by asking the right questions.”

Yvonne Ng
Senior Director (Education)
Executive Director, NHG College
National Healthcare Group

Principles and Practice of Authentic Problem-Based Learning

by Howard S. Barrows and Wee Keng Neo Lynda
Singapore: Pearson Education, 2007
ISBN Number: 9780615414362

Preface

He resides in North America. She resides in Singapore, but what unites them are their teaching profession and their desire to make a difference for their learners by turning them into effective and efficient life-long learners who are work-ready and ready for the future.

They met in 1999. Then, Dr Lynda Wee was the newly appointed Course Manager in Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. She wanted to re-make the Marketing Program using PBL.

She sought Prof Howard Barrows who is an expert in PBL and was trained by him. His work is widely cited in all PBL research and publication.

Over the years, she continued to update him on her PBL work through more training workshops, teleconferencing and emails. PBL started to take root in Singapore slowly but in a big way, spreading to Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Hong Kong. In different continents, the challenges and issues in PBL remain largely similar. This became a motivating force for them to write this book to address some of misconceptions that affect the effectiveness of PBL.

This book is written for teachers, educators, and trainers in any setting, at any educational level and teaching any subject, profession, craft or skill in which competency is the key expected outcome. The intent of the book is to be generic to allow the reader to translate the described educational approach into their own educational/training areas.