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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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3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

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PBL in LA

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PBL in LA

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PBL & Kids with Special Needs/Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Getting into the PBL Groove

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Project-Based Learning Research: Annotated Bibliography

Dig deeper into the specific articles, studies, and reports included in our project-based learning research review.

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Integration Strategies for PBL

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller offers some basic guidelines for integrating content areas with a PBL project.

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PBL Teachers Need Time to Reflect, Too

Blogger Suzie Boss proposes PBL teachers take time to reflect in this first blog in a series on taking your project-based learning classroom to the next level.

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Election Night at NPR: Real-World Projects for the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, fresh from his Election Night experience at NPR, brings some high-energy ideas back to the classroom.

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Infographic: The Value of a STEM Education

Knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can be the key to a successful future. Here's why a STEM education matters and how you can inspire students to pursue STEM careers.

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Integrated Projects = Deeper Learning

Here's how one school designs rigorous projects that blend STEM with other core subjects. See how this strategy might work for you.

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Resources and Downloads for College and Career Readiness

Educators from MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Ohio, have provided these resources and tools for integrated project-based learning, real-world experiences, and other strategies to prepare students for college and beyond.

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Go Year-Round: A Push for True Summer School

Kids aren't helping plow the fields anymore, so why are we throwing away three months?

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Brain-Based Research Prompts Innovative Teaching Techniques in the Classroom

Educators explore nontraditional methods of teaching and receive positive results.

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My PBL Pet Peeves: 4 Common Misconceptions

Andrew Miller firmly addresses some common misunderstandings about PBL, including the ideas that projects are lessons and the public audience can be random.

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Knowledge in Action Research Helping to Make the Case for Rigorous Project-Based Learning

This research project by the University of Washington in collaboration with The George Lucas Educational Foundation is studying the impact on student learning of a PBL approach to Advanced Placement courses.

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EDUCATION NATION: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools

A former Sesame Street innovator offers a new vision for learning through his new book "Education Nation."

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How to Reduce Your School's Eco-Footprint

Follow these tips for making your school more environmentally friendly.

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Hip-Hop Helps Teach Everything from English to Algebra

The musical language of the street has new fans: teachers, who are using it as a classroom tool.

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