Teaching Development Grants
Completed TDG Projects

Diverse Learning Experience

Promoting Teaching and Learning through an Enhancement of the Clinical Problem-Based Learning Tutorial Process


This educational project was designed to improve the PBL tutorial process with special focus on students’ active participation, group interaction and reasoning skills. Nursing students undergoing their clinical practicum provided the context for the project during which evidencebased feedback was provided to the students and their active participation in the project was encouraged. A cohort of second year undergraduate nursing students participated in the project consisting of 25 students in the treatment group and 29 students in the comparison group, with the rest of the class (68 students) acting as control. Observation of students’ performance during PBL tutorials revealed that students in the treatment group made greater improvement on Group Interaction, Active Participation and Reasoning Skills than the other two groups. Significant improvement in deep approach to learning was also reported by the treatment group.

Principal Investigator

Dr. A.F.Y. Tiwari, School of Nursing, Li Ka Shing Faculty of MedicineContact

Project level

Faculty-level project

Project Completion

Auguest 2008


  1. The process and outcomes of this project were presented at the 2007 Beijing International Nursing Conference in Beijing, China, 24-26 August 2007 and the 19th International Nursing Research Congress organized by the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International in Singapore, 7-11 July 2008.
  2. A DVD on how to conduct PBL tutorials has been developed and used for faculty development within our School of Nursing as well as for educating 30 nurse teachers from universities and schools of nursing in Guangzhou as part of the Temasek Project conducted by the School of Nursing.