Advances in Health Sciences Education

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 403–422

Innovations in Problem-based Learning: What can we Learn from Recent Studies?

  • Silvia Mamede
  • Henk G. Schmidt
  • Geoffrey R. Norman


This article aims at discussing the six papers included in this special issue on innovations in Problem-based learning (PBL). The papers address different aspects related to the implementation and the development of PBL. This discussion article highlights the relevance of the theme explored by each of the papers, the contributions emerging from the study to what is already known about that topic, and its limitations, particularly those that suggest directions for future research. Emphasis is given to new insights brought by the papers for better understanding tutorial group processes and self-study phase in PBL. The contributions provided by the papers are discussed in the light of pertinent literature and also in relation to their companion articles in this issue when indicated.


Problem-based learning discussion article 


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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Silvia Mamede
    • 1
  • Henk G. Schmidt
    • 2
  • Geoffrey R. Norman
    • 3
  1. 1.Innovare InstituteFortalezaBrazil
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Michael De Groote Centre for Learning and DiscoveryMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

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