Problem-based learning in the Irish SME workplace

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Purpose: This paper aims to explore how in Irish small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), problem-based learning (PBL) could possibly provide a paradigm which addresses two key research objectives: What are the learning needs and challenges faced by Irish SMEs? and How could PBL satisfy these needs through integrating formal and informal learning? Design/methodology/approach: An action research methodology was adopted using Lewin's (1994) action research cycle. In the reconnaissance stage, surveys and focus groups were conducted with a purposive research sample of Irish SMEs regarding...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Workforce development; Teaching and learning; Industry

Keywords: Workplace learning; Small and medium enterprise; Education and training needs; Learning method; Formal learning; Informal learning; Problem solving skill; Relevance of education and training

Geographic subjects: Ireland; Europe

Published: Bradford, England: Emerald Group Publishing, 2019

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Also called: Problem-based learning in the Irish small- and medium-sized enterprise workplace

Journal volume: 31

Journal number: 6

Journal date: 2019

Pages: pp. 391-407

ISSN: 1366-5626

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Call number: TD/TNC 138.116

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