The Case for Problem-Based Learning

Change is an inevitable constant,
and the rate of change
has increased exponentially.

Every person, company and institution have to evolve or be left behind. We have the choice to be the Disruptor or be Disrupted. At Growth Mindset, our learning approach addresses the following:

In a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world, Jack Ma posits that “If we do not change the way we teach, 30 years from now, we’re going to be in trouble. The knowledge-based approach of 200 years ago, would fail our kids, who would never be able to compete with machines”.

In short, students need to become active citizens of their world, to create their future, direct their learning and develop their solutions. Students can either own the abilities to shape their world thereby opening up endless possibilities where the world is their oyster, or be shaped and directed according to the commands of the assigned forces all around. The former is empowering, while the latter limiting.

By curating student-centric learning experiences with the targeted learning outcomes embedded as learning cues, students can engage actively to evaluate, explore, experiment and enrich themselves. Active learning leads to better understanding, higher confidence to apply, accurate retention and application of new knowledge and skills.

By curating student-centric learning experiences with the targeted learning outcomes embedded as learning cues, students can engage actively to evaluate, explore, experiment and enrich themselves. Active learning leads to better understanding, higher confidence to apply, and accurate retention of new knowledge and skills.

In today’s world of connectivity, every person is a learning resource and can contribute positively to the quality of learning. Learning is no longer an individual journey but a collective experience. Bring out the best in every student by leveraging on his/her strengths. Nurture a greater joy of learning by encouraging them to go beyond consuming knowledge to co-creating new ones. How exciting!

In a rapidly changing world, timeless content such as fundamentals, principles and age-old truths are insufficient. Students need to be able to build on them to create timely knowledge. Apart from academic knowledge, they need timely learning-to-learn skills to engage in lifelong learning, possibly leading to transformational outcomes!

In a rapidly changing world, timeless content such as fundamentals, principles and age-old truths are insufficient. Students need to be able to build on them to create timely knowledge. Apart from academic knowledge, they need timely learning-to-learn skills to engage in lifelong learning, possibly leading to transformational outcomes!

Beside affirming their students’ strengths, what if the other role of teachers is to encourage and facilitate their students’ development into other expertise that they are not cognizant of? With clear learning goals, learning observation and constructive feedback, teachers can help their students attain growth mindset and develop beyond their comfort zone and into their future.