Problem-based Learning (PBL) is an innovative learning approach that goes beyond content knowledge and helps students to acquire learning, communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills. It has been one of TP’s key pedagogies since 1998 when TP was the first polytechnic in Singapore to pioneer its use.
For more than 15 years, PBL has been practised all across TP and has helped our students to develop abilities in independent study, self-reflection and problem-solving. In PBL, the lecturer functions as a facilitator and an activator of student learning, helping students to be better learners and more adept at handling the challenges they will encounter in the future.
PBL continues to be implemented in a variety of subjects in all the TP Schools, and TP alumni attest to its role in preparing them for the workplace.
A Reviewing and Enhancing PBL (RePBL) project team was inaugurated in 2009 to bring PBL at TP into its second decade; this currently continues as the Keeping-in-Touch (KIT) project, which reviews TP’s PBL subjects to help enhance TP’s PBL practice.
TP organised the 2nd Asia-Pacific Conference in 2000 and TP’s PBL Conference in 2005. In conjunction with these events, the publications "Problem-Based Learning: Educational Innovation Across Disciplines" (2000) and "Problem-Based Learning: New Directions and Approaches" (2005) were produced. TP provides professional development in PBL for educators and trainers from schools in Singapore and beyond, including teachers from Japan and Kazakhstan.
TP also administers the TP PBL Website, which provides resources on the theory and practice of PBL.