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The Pediatric Forum
November 2001

More on Problem-Based Learning and Self-directed Learning

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(11):1278. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.11.1277

We are grateful for the interest generated by our article on the effect of problem-based learning (PBL) on residents' self-directed learning.1 Dr DeWitt's editorial2 was balanced and on target. We concur with his assertion that medical education research methodology needs to be more rigorous as we strive toward the goal of developing lifelong learners. Also, we were very excited that our article was chosen as the debut for the newly created "Evidence-Based Journal Club."3 The analysis of our study, conducted by Juul-Dam and colleagues,3 was rigorous and fair. They made several important observations about some of the limitations of our study, some of which were noted in the article. In addition, however, they raised several questions to which we wish to respond by providing additional information that may be helpful to them and your readership: