Authentic Problem-Based Learning: Rewriting Business Education

By: Wee Keng Neo Lynda & Kek Yih Chyn Megan Alexandria
Singapore: Prentice Hall, 2002

Authentic Problem-Based Learning (aPBL) is an educational philosophy that places the student at the centre stage of the learning experience to solve authentic problems that mirror real work demands. This is particularly relevant for business education today, especially since the goals of aPBL are to develop students in acquiring integrated knowledge, self-directed learning skills, problem-solving skills and teamwork skills. It promotes a culture of inquirers and replaces the culture of receivers.

This book serves as a manual for implementing authentic problem-based learning. It sets out the principles to follow in designing an authentic problem-based learning curriculum and guidelines in designing good problems. It also explains how to conduct small group authentic problem-based learning tutorials and how to design assessments that reflect the educational goals of authentic problem-based learning.

“This book is a bold move in taking the first step to innovate Higher Education for a better fit with the industry…With the boost to promote small and medium enterprises (SMEs), we now need a new breed of graduates – people who believe that they can make things happen and make a difference. We seek graduates who are not afraid to think out of the box and work hard. They must be able to multi-task, innovate, adapt and work in teams. It is in this light that this book is a valuable asset and resource for educators in wanting to produce thinkers and doers who are capable in our rapidly changing environment.”

Seah Liang Chiang
Singapore Chapter 2001/2002 Young Entrepreneurs’ Organisation

“Innovation permeates all areas of public service. Education is not spared. People are Singapore’s best resource. This project promises to transform human capital to intellectual capital by exploring an innovative learning platform. This book is a by-product of the authors’ pilot project and clearly one that promotes knowledge and sharing. I would like to congratulate the authors for their bold and innovative work.”

Steven Bong
The Enterprise Challenge
Prime Minister’s Office