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Project Management Methodology for the Primary School

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Here following you can find the reason why I decided to start this discussion.

Since 2007, as a volunteer of the PMI and the PMI Educational Foundation, I have been spending my best efforts in order to promote the “project language” in the primary school (from age 6 to 11).

Thanks to the strategy of “thinking globally and acting locally”, that is typical of these two no-profit organizations, I have been involving hundreds of teachers and students of different countries in the progressive construction and validation of an agile approach to be applied within school projects.

The outcome of this long-term initiative is an intuitive methodology based upon a sequence of project phases (creation, planning, execution and closing) and a set of well- known visual tools (e.g. brainstorming, mind mapping, etc.).

If you are interested in this collection of best practices (now available in thirteen languages), I invite you to download the documents available on the PMIEF website:

http://pmief.org/learning-resources/learning-resources-library/projects-...

On the basis of this information, I need your opinion about the use of this material as a supportive methodology within the “Project-Based Learning” promoted by Edutopia.

 

Please let me know. Since I consider the project management as the best language for developing the “four-Cs” life skills (Creative thinking, Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration) your opinions will be precious to me.

Thanks in advance. Walter


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Kevin Jarrett's picture
Kevin Jarrett
Teaching Middle School 'Technology, Engineering & Design' in Northfield, NJ

Hello Walter! As a former project manager and fan of PMI (I studied for but was never certified as a PMP) this initiative resonates with me. I've downloaded the PDF and am reviewing it. I've also shared it on Facebook and Twitter. Are you aware of any schools in the USA embracing it? Thanks for sharing!

Walter Ginevri's picture
Walter Ginevri
The foundation of my experience is consulting, training and volunteering for the PMI and PMI Educational Foundation

Dear Kevin,
thanks for sharing the information on Facebook and Twitter.
Up to know, the methodological kit has been embraced in many countries in Europe (Italy, France, Portugal, Slovenia, UK and Turkey) and outside from Europe (Mexico, Taiwan and Congo).
With regard to the Congo, the kit has been adopted within an humanitarian project addressed to the schools of this disadvantaged country.
This is the link: http://kubunina.org/en/?page_id=566

Unfortunately, I have no references in the USA, but I am confident that your support will be very helpful to fill this gap.

Please let me know if you need further info and count on my full availability.
All the best.
Walter

Suzie Boss's picture
Suzie Boss
Journalist and PBL advocate

Hi Walter,
Thanks for the sharing the resource. I know of PMI's reputation for good work, so look forward to taking a closer look.
I agree with you about the opportunity to develop and deepen the 4 C's through PBL. In fact, I wrote a book on just that topic for the Buck Institute for Education. (http://bie.org/shop/product_detail/6777) It's not enough to talk about the value of the 4 C's. We also need to develop practical strategies to help students adopt them as life skills, as you say.
Cheers,
Suzie

Walter Ginevri's picture
Walter Ginevri
The foundation of my experience is consulting, training and volunteering for the PMI and PMI Educational Foundation

Dear Suzie,
thanks for your positive comment.
Since you are a qualified expert of the PBL and 4 C's, I'll appreciate a lot your comments and suggestions concerning the project management kit for the primary school.
In the meanwhile, would you mind sending me the reference to your book?
Cheers. Walter

Suzie Boss's picture
Suzie Boss
Journalist and PBL advocate

Hi Walter. I look forward to reviewing the kit as soon as I get a chance.
Meanwhile, here's the citation for the BIE book:
Boss, S. (2013). PBL for 21st Century Success. Novato, CA: Buck Institute for Education.
(Available from bie.org or Amazon)
Thanks,
Suzie

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