Abstract

The Problem Based Learning(PBL) model was introduced more than 40 years ago in response to growth in technology and information as well as changing behaviors towards traditional teaching methods to medical schools with some physical therapy programs adopting similar approaches to all or part of their curriculum. The focus of this paper is to determine "Do students who participate in a Problem Based Learning curriculum at physical therapy schools have better performances on the licensing board examination, increased student satisfaction, and more clinical preparedness versus students in a traditional physical therapy didactic program?" Four databases were searched from the start of each database to Septem ber 2011 with the search terms of "physical therapy" and "problem based learning" with initial criteria of English language only. The search yielded 172 articles with 87 being immediately discarded based on title only, the remaining 85 articles\' abstracts were read with 46 excluded based on study population and relevance to the focus of this pa per. The final 39 articles were read in their entirety to further determine significance with 28 being excluded leaving 11articles to further review. The review of the literature revealed no evidence that PBL produces better performances on the licensing board examination and little convincing evidence that there is increased student satisfaction or clinical preparedness with curriculum inconsistencies and various methodologies deficiencies noted There is further need for research in the allied health field and PBL especially within the physical therapy discipline. PBL may help promote clinical preparedness needed for real world practice as well as provide high quality patient care with a team-work approach for those physical therapy programs looking to adopt or further provide unique curriculum to their students.

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Submitted by Dyanna Monahan (dmonahan@salud.unm.edu) on 2014-04-22T16:13:48Z No. of bitstreams: 1 2012-15.pdf: 3098645 bytes, checksum: 2a4f1e826a26b764481d339e71bf83c4 (MD5), Made available in DSpace on 2014-04-22T16:13:48Z (GMT). No. of bitstreams: 1 2012-15.pdf: 3098645 bytes, checksum: 2a4f1e826a26b764481d339e71bf83c4 (MD5)

Document Type

Capstone

Keywords

didactic program, problem based learning, licensing board examination

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