What is

Problem-Centered Curriculum Design

Problem-centered curriculum design is a type of curriculum model where students are encouraged to seek answers to real-world problems. Problem-centered curriculum design is one of three curriculum development models. This model promotes transferable soft skills such as critical thinking, collaboration and communication to prepare students for their careers. For example, a communications professor using a problem-centered approach may ask students to analyze a service’s PR strategy and develop a marketing campaign to drive more subscribers.

Problem-centered curriculum design refers to using activities to hone the skills that students will need post-graduation. Students continue to learn key skills and knowledge associated with their area of study, but lessons are designed around application and relevance. Students often draw upon their own academic experiences and backgrounds to solve problems that relate to their professional industry. Problem-centered curriculum design is often compared to subject-centered and learner-centered curriculum design.