PBL and the Postmodern Condition: Knowledge Production in University Education

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In this article we discuss the contemporary conditions for running the Aalborg Problem Based Learning-model (PBL). We try to pinpoint key characteristics of these conditions emphasising Lyotard’s conception of knowledge production referred to as the move towards a postmodern condition for knowledge. Through discussions of this alleged condition for university curricula development we investigate its connections to the PBL-model. Some of the explored conditions highlight strong potentials for the PBL-model but the postmodern condition also raises a number of changes and challenges in relation to the original PBL-model as an educational setting.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education
Issue number1
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • PBL
  • knowledge production
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Postmodern condition
  • university education

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