Comparing the Views on Problem-Based Learning from Medical Education Students in Zhengzhou University in China and the University of Bristol in the UK

  •  Xiaoyin Liu    


Problem-based learning (PBL), as a student-centred learning method, refers to students actively participating in a group scenario to solve open-end problems. This study aims to compare the students’ attitudes on PBL in Zhengzhou University and the University of Bristol. This study adopts qualitative methods. By conducting semi-structured interviews with eight participants, four from Zhengzhou University and the others from the University of Bristol. Overall, the results of the study indicated that students from both two universities are overall satisfied with PBL because of its contribution to deeper understanding of medical knowledge and skill development and they all think that the quality of group discussion and the efficiency of PBL classes need to be improved. In terms of the different views from two universities, when it comes to the biggest benefit of PBL, students from Zhengzhou University are more likely to choose clinical thinking, while students from the University of Bristol are more satisfied with the deep understanding on medical knowledge. Unexpectedly, although Zhengzhou University has implemented PBL for fewer years than the University of Bristol, students are more satisfied with and motivated in PBL classes than those of the University of Bristol.

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