Problem Based Learning Exercise PBLE Model
The ability to work through complex problems is one of the essential traits of an effective leader. Too often, the focus of a leader’s decision is on the outcome, not the process. Developing the problem solving through process is what will lead to the desired outcomes. Throughout this class, we will be developing our leadership skills through problem based learning exercises. There are various formats of varying complexity. I have found simplicity works best. This format will help you develop a process for problem solving that you can apply to any part of your life, not just in the criminal justice field.
This week we will be using a three-point version consisting of known facts, learning issues, and action plan. The sub-points may or may not apply on each exercise. You may find additional sub-points for working through your problems. You may write these in narrative paragraph form or in bullet points.
These problems are not easy to solve. Most problems in real life are impossible to permanently solve. Solving the problem is not necessarily an expected outcome. Our role is to mitigate the problem and to lead our people.
Part 1: Known Facts
What is/are the problem/s?
List all the known facts about the problem
What do I know?
Who are the stake holders?
What has been done already?
What ideas have been rejected and why?
Part 2: Learning Issues
What do you need to know to solve this problem?
Where can I find this information?
What resources are available?
What are the applicable laws, policies,
What are the organization’s and the community’s expectations?
Part 3: Action Plan
What will you do to solve the problem?
Describe the rational?
Is there a different short term and a long-term response?
What are the possible unintended consequences?
Is this decision moral, legal and ethical?