Learning About PBL From Foreign Students

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Gregory V. G. O’Dowd, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine

Why do most Japanese medical students struggle with problem-based learning (PBL), yet their overseas counterparts describe it as a very successful educational innovation? In this paper, I examine and analyze information gathered from 6 Japanese students’ regarding their experiences participating in foreign PBL medical workshops and what they learned from their interactions with medical students outside Japan that they believe can be applied in Japanese medical schools.


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