Problem-based learning (PBL) is focused experiential learning organized around the investigation and resolution of messy, real-world problems.
- PBL engages students as stakeholders immersed in a messy, illstructured, problematic situation.
- PBL organizes curriculum around this holistic problem, enabling student learning in relevant and connected ways.
- PBL creates a learning environment in which teachers coach student thinking and guide student inquiry, facilitating learning toward deeper levels of understanding while entering the inquiry as a co-investigator.
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, "Problem-Based Learning Matters" (2008). Teacher Resources. 1.