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Logical debate on problem based learning

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:550
  1. Andrew F Mellon, consultant paediatrician (,
  2. Jonathan Mellon, A level student
  1. Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 2DL

    EDITOR—Burke et al deal with an area of importance for medical education.1 They perhaps overstated their case—that students validate problem based learning.

    Students on a problem based learning course could reasonably be expected to have had explanations of its aims and hence to respond to questions about course content more in line with that information than other students. This must be a potential source of bias in their responses.

    What the “traditional” curriculum represents is not clear, …

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