Creativity and Problem-Based Learning (PBL): A Neglected Relation

  • Heinz NeberEmail author
  • Birgit J. Neuhaus


This chapter discusses about the relationship between creativity and problem-based learning or PBL. According to them, PBL is a complex approach to design and conduct instruction. It can be used for different purposes. PBL can contribute to the acquisitions of self-regulatory and reasoning skills of the students. It supports the development of strategies for productive reasoning and creative thinking for generating knowledge by solving instructional problems. The article states components of the instructional environment of PBL that contribute to achieve this goal. It reports on studies which measured the contribution of PBL to the development of creative thinking. It presents recommendations that will be derived for further strengthening the integrative approach to fostering creativity.


Creative Process Instructional Method Divergent Thinking Creative Product Learning Issue 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational SciencesUniversity of Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany
  2. 2.Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU)MunichGermany
  3. 3.Department of biological sciencesLudwig-Maximilians-University (LMU)MunichGermany

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