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ERIC Number: EJ1108352
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2246-0918
Transversal Knowledge Formations in Professional Bachelor Education Employing Problem Based Learning (PBL)
Larsen, Verner
Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education, v1 n1 p53-71 2013
This paper describes the principles underlying how various knowledge areas blend into transversal formations in two educational contexts employing PBL. Such "transversality" has often been referred to as inter- cross- or trans-disciplinarity. However, these terms are ambiguous, especially in relation to Problem Based Learning. There is a growing need for stronger language to express underlying principles of knowledge formations and the constitution of such. The term transversality suggests that knowledge formations are not based on a relationship between strong independent disciplines, but rather on a number of subject areas that are combined during students' PBL-studies. As such, the curriculum organized knowledge, as well as students' reflections of various types at the level of teaching and learning, constitute certain "modalities" of transversal knowledge formations. Two institutional case studies--Nursing and the Constructing Architect education--have been researched, compared and contrasted in order to demonstrate how institutional practices demonstrate different modalities of transversal knowledge in their PBL-courses. For the purpose of this paper Nursing Education will be abbreviated as NE and Constructing Architect as CAE.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark
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