Problem-based learning (PBL) is well suited for courses in the history of medicine, where multiple perspectives exist and information has to be gleaned from different sources. A student, an archivist, and a teacher offer three perspectives about a senior level course where students explored the antecedents and consequences of medical technology. Two active learning strategies were used: (a) PBL to explore the historical basis of procedures used to diagnose, prevent and treat a single disease, tuberculosis, and (b) a concurrent inquiry-based component that permitted individual exploration of other medical technologies and demonstration of learning through diverse options (book reviews, conversations, essays, archival research, oral exams). This course was highly rated by students with an overall rating of 9.5 ± 0.7 (36 students from 2008–2012).
Rangachari, P. K.
(2013). Drugs, Devices, and Desires: A Problem-based Learning Course in the History of Medicine. Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning, 7(1).
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