ERIC Number: EJ824756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 28
Knowledge Is No Longer Enough: Enhancing Professional Education with Team-Based Learning
Sibley, Jim; Parmelee, Dean X.
New Directions for Teaching and Learning, n116 p41-53 Win 2008
The explosion of information and increasing complexity of the modern workplace have placed new burdens and demands on professional schools and programs. Professional schools, such as those in business, engineering, and the health professions, have come under increasing scrutiny as the required exit competencies for graduates have shifted from knowing information to being able to solve complex problems, communicate clearly, collaborate effectively, and use lifelong learning skills. It has become clear that professional schools must make changes in both curricula and pedagogy. This chapter first describes increased competency-based demands in professional schools and how small group learning is well suited to cultivate those competencies. It then singles out team-based learning (TBL) as a particularly powerful form of small group learning by distinguishing it from other forms of small group learning, charting its recent growth in professional schools and offering some tips for professional school faculty interested in implementing TBL. Finally, it turns to professional school students themselves by reporting--in their own words--how they have experienced various features of TBL--powerful testimony as to how TBL can and does meet the competency-based challenges that professional schools face today.
Descriptors: Professional Education, Teamwork, Cooperative Learning, Competency Based Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Small Group Instruction, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement
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