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Does Problem Based Learning affect empathy?
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, EIT - Education in Information Technology Group. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2011 (English)In: Does Problem Based Learning affect empathy? / [ed] Liz Roberts, 2011, 1-5 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Problem based learning as used at Linköping University focuses on self-directed small-group learning in group sessions that are facilitated by staff or older students. We believe PBL might affect empathy because of two reasons; the feedback produced and received during tutorial sessions as well as the frequent collaboration could encourage the development of empathy. Also, personnel involved in tutoring engineering students often perceive that students from the engineering program that uses PBL are more mature in many respects, including empathy, than other students in engineering. The purpose of this study was to investigate the level of empathy among engineering students on a programme that uses PBL at Linköping University. 35 students from the first semester, and 22 from the 5th semester were analysed. The results show significant increase in empathy between the first and 5th semester.


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2011. 1-5 p.
Keyword [en]
PBL, Empathy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-66059OAI: diva2:401294
Celebrating the Past and Embracing the Future: Evolution and Innovation in Problem-based learning
Available from: 2011-03-02 Created: 2011-03-02 Last updated: 2011-03-08

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