4 Stages Of Problem-Based Learning


by Terry Heick

We’ve written about inquiry-based learning in the past, as well as its mother project-based learning, and it’s aloof, hipster cousin self-directed learning.

So it made sense to take a look at challenge-based learning–the process of anchoring the learning process through problems–usually local, authentic, and personal to the student. This is a kind of place-based education that takes a project-based approach that begins and ends with the student and their respective and self-examined citizenships.

More on this idea soon. For now, the stages and questions.

16 Questions To Promote Problem-Based Learning 

Problem-Based Learning Process-full4 Stages Of Problem-Based Learning

Connect & Analyze

1. What am I a part of? What matters to me?

2. What problems exist that I can treat as opportunities?

3. What do I see well, and what am I blind to? How does my own perspective impact what I see?

4. What are the “parts” of the world, and within those parts what deserves my creativity, affection, and sustained effort?

Research & Contextualize

5. How can I separate causes from effects?

6. What is the history of this problem?

7. Why have previous efforts to solve it fallen short?

8. What is the proper scale I should approach this issue to do my best work?

Imagine & Design

9. What is possible? What would be awesome?

10. What am I uniquely suited to do? How can technology amplify my potential?

11. Who can I work with to improve the response?

12. What absolutely has to happen for this to work?

Act & Socialize

13. What is the most meaningful action I can take in response?

14. Who is my primary audience? How can I best reach them?

15. How can I best package my work so that others understand & are moved by it?

16. How will I know if what I’m doing is working?

16 Questions To Promote Problem-Based Learning 

Written By

Founder and Director at TeachThought, author, and former classroom teacher interested in how and why people learn.