Note: The following article is a revised version of one I’ve shared in the past about Problem-based Learning. I revised it to match a new site I’m putting together. This installment is one of several that will appear over the next few days.

Action 5 – Facilitate Problem Debriefing

After solving the problem, a key piece of problem-based learning is to debrief students. The debriefing step asks students to consider what steps they took to solve the problem and to determine the effectiveness of their reasoning. In addition, students reflect on whether or not they believe their solution will address the causes that were identified in Task Definition. 

For example, students can look at the criteria identified in Task Definition and ask themselves, “Did I find research from multiple sources?” and “Did I spend my time well in gathering and using information from various sources?” The role of the teacher is to help students focus on metacognition and to review issues inherent in the problem (Gallagher, 2000).


The wonder of the PBL approach is that you enable learners to tap into their creative energies, and they feel as if they, not you, had planned out the learning experience.

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