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Problem-Based Learning at Three Levels: An Evaluation of Hong Kong Context

Howard Davies.

It may be hypothesized that the difficulties associated with the introduction of PBL will be more marked amongst undergraduate students and less marked in groups of mature postgraduate students. This study examines that hypothesis by reporting on three experiences with problem-based learning (PBL) in Hong Kong. In total more than 200 students on DBA (N= 11) MSc (N=40) and BA (Hons) (N= 180) courses were involved in PBL experiences. Both qualitative and quantitative feedback was taken.

The evidence confirms the basic hypothesis but against a background of considerable acceptance and success. PBL can be used in the Asian context.


Howard Davies  (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China)
Professor in Economics, and Associate Dean in Business Studies
Department of Business Studies
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Professor Davies is an Associate Head in the Department of Business Studies at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, having previously been Head of the Department, Dean and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Business & Information Systems.

His areas of specialist academic interest lie in Enterprise Reform and Technology Development in China, the Nature of the Chinese Family Business, and the Business and Technology Strategies adopted by Asian Firms.

Professor Davies’ research work in the business field has been published or accepted in a number of journals, including the Journal of Management Studies, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Studies and the Journal of Business Research.

In addition to his work in business studies, Professor Davies chairs the Departmental Teaching and Learning Committee and has been involved in various educational innovations, reported in Higher Education, the Journal of Business Education and Studies in Educational Evaluation.

  • Apply Problem-Based Learning
  • Asian Context
  • Educational Settings

(30 min Conference Paper, English)