Skills I: Learning in Groups
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a unique feature of the education provided at Maastricht. This educational system focuses on guiding students to become independent and enterprising problem-solvers. In order to achieve this goal, teaching must extend beyond the traditional individual studying and attending lectures. Students work in small groups on concrete problems from the field. As a team they analyse problems, attempt to understand the underlying theories and learn to apply their knowledge to recognisable, realistic situations. To perform well in this educational system, it is vital for students to have knowledge of the backgrounds and central elements of this system. During this course, students will learn and practise the skills needed to be successful in tutorial group meetings. During the introduction week, first-year students will familiarise themselves with Problem-Based Learning and communication skills essential for learning in groups under supervision of their mentor and tutor of the first substantive course (Social Behaviour). The group sessions will focus on practising problem tasks on the basis of the ‘seven step’ method. Special attention will be paid to skills which are important for individual participation in groups and the role played by the discussion leader. One session will be completely devoted to team building.
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Knowledge about: Introduction to PBL, seven steps method, learning to function in groups, developing communication skills, leading a discussion, team building, reflecting on group processes, reflecting on own functioning in groups.