Is University Management Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution for Problem-Based Learning Development and Critical Thinking?
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This chapter discusses opportunities and barriers for management to support and develop PBL curriculum as a response to the populist/political agendas that influence contemporary society. At the university level, populist agendas are reflected in increasing marketization, governance principles based on New Public Management, and growing expectations to ‘deliver’ on a short-term basis world-class graduates and research applicable to local industries and provide solutions to world grand challenges. Three statements structure the discussion. First, disciplinary silos in education and research need to be opened up to stimulate cross-disciplinary collaboration in order to practise PBL when solving important societal problems. Second, all three university missions—teaching, research, and external collaboration—need to be synchronized and integrated to develop a true-hearted PBL approach. Third, university governance and management structures need to be aligned with a PBL approach to allow for experiments and critical thinking.
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