Problem Based Learning and the Business School Environment
Information Systems Department
College of Business
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80933-7150
This paper attempts to create a research cycle for
Problem Based Learning and in so doing help
substantiate the use of PBL in business school
environments. The paper starts with a review of
learning and memory in order to extract key concepts
needed for the analysis. Memory concepts extracted
centered on the concept of analogy or metaphor and
of memory optimizing constructs such as scripts and
templates. The processes of assimilation and
appropriation were learning concepts retrieved.
Second, the overlap between action research and
PBL was used to derive an action research cycle for
PBL. Next, the cycle’s viability was demonstrated by
mapping an actual PBL activity to the new cycle.
Finally, the paper positions PBL and more
specifically, the research cycle for PBL, in light of
the ongoing changes in the general business school
environment. In total, the paper presents a model for
using and justifying PBL in business curricula.