Problem-Based Learning and Competency Development.

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Australian Journal of Teacher Education, Vol: 20, Issue: 1

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Chappell, C. S.; Hager, P.
Edith Cowan University
Teacher Education and Professional Development
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Problem-based learning is an approach to professional education which has been used by a number of educational institutions involved in professional education both here and overseas. The most famous example in Australia is probably the medical course at the University of Newcastle. This paper argues that this initiative in professional education has within it characteristics which are sympathetic to many of the current moves in Australia to describe, and in some cases redefine, professional work. This process is part of a wider move in Australia to upgrade and improve the skills and abilities of the Australian workforce in the context of economic reform