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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.

Overview

What is Project-Based Learning?

Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying. Watch an introduction video.

History

What's the History of PBL?

Confucius and Aristotle were early proponents of learning by doing. Socrates modeled how to learn through questioning, inquiry, and critical thinking -- all strategies that remain very relevant in today's PBL classrooms. Learn more.

Experts

What the Experts Say

"One of the major advantages of project work is that it makes school more like real life." --Sylvia Chard, University of Alberta See what other experts say.

Research

Research: Studies on PBL Success

Did you know PBL students remember learned content for longer periods of time? Did you know PBL students view themselves as better prepared in problem solving and perform better in tasks that emphasize understanding and application of knowledge? Dig deeper.

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Academic Discourse and PBL

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Blogger Suzie Boss describes how middle-school students in suburban Massachusetts team up with Brazilian, African, and Indian students to design and build efficient cook stoves.

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PBL Course Development: Collaboration Among Colleagues

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Authentic Assessment in Action

Music teacher Mark Wilbert continues Sammamish High School's blog series about the seven key elements for integrating PBL with an account of how an authentic assessment project increased student buy-in.

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Project-Based Learning as a Context for Arts Integration

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller shares how PBL can serve as a dynamic context for arts integration.

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Defining Authenticity in Historical Problem Solving

History teacher Rob Hallock continues Sammamish High School's blog series about the seven key elements for integrating PBL with a description of presenting his students with authentic problems to solve.

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Shoe Design Offers a Trojan Horse for Problem Solving with Design Thinking

Blogger Suzie Boss describes how design thinking offers a perfect vehicle for connecting students with their community.

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Shoe Design Offers a Trojan Horse for Problem Solving with Design Thinking

Blogger Suzie Boss describes how design thinking offers a perfect vehicle for connecting students with their community.

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Ripped from the Headlines: How to Turn Current Events into Real-World Projects

Suzie Boss shares ways teachers can use current events and news in the classroom, and helpful links to get you started.

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EAST -- A Way Forward: Tech Inspires Self-Directed Learning

Students in the Environmental and Spatial Technology program, at Horace Mann Magnet Middle School, in Little Rock, Arkansas, connect with nature through projects that serve their community.

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Project-Based Learning: Debunking the Myths and Fallacies

Edutopia blogger Bob Lenz makes a case for confronting all the misleading beliefs about project-based learning.

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Kids Like Blues: Using Music and Video to Rock Your Classroom

Teacher and musician Jon Schwartz tells the amusing and inspiring story (with generous video examples) of how he turned the blues into an effective pedagogy for his first graders.

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Schools That Work: Mixing Art + Politics -- Integrated Studies in High School

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How to Help an International School: Give the Gift of Books -- and More

Teach children a global lesson by donating books and other needed supplies to schools around the world.

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