Problem- and project-based learning (PBL) is a key pedagogical approach to teaching since it helps students become effective real-life problem solvers in organisations. Problem-based learning emphasises cooperative learning.
Students actively participate in their learning process as they choose theories, models, and methods that they consider to be necessary to solve the ´real-world´ problem that they have agreed to address (under the guidance of competent and experienced supervisors).
At Aalborg University we have observed that students who have backgrounds in traditional forms of university education find this problem-based pedagogy highly challenging. It is in this context that we see the contribution of John Kuada´s book: Research Methodology- A guide to University Students. The book provides a ´handholding´ guide to students that do not have any, or only very little, previous experience with problem-based learning. A major strength of the book is the simplicity and straightforwardness of the language used. This approach is quite inviting and provides students a friendly introduction to relatively complex ideas and methods. The book speaks to students directly and therefore encourages their engagement in the process of learning about how they can justify the various choices they make in their project work process. The book draws on Professor John Kuada´s many years as lecturer and supervisor for students in the department of economics and business administration, and I believe that the book will serve as a useful reading for any students who are looking for a step-by-step pathway for their project work.