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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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Turn Genius Hour Into Genius Year

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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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Project Management Methodology for the Primary School

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PBL in LA

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PBL & Kids with Special Needs/Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Project-Based Learning Research Review: Avoiding Pitfalls

The challenges many teachers face in implementing project-based learning well are not to be taken lightly, but we've compiled a list of strategies to avert the most common issues educators face.

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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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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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How to Use Service Learning to Engage Kids

Six strategies for starting meaningful community-service projects.

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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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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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Summer Professional Development Blog Series

Learn more about project-based learning, classroom management techniques, how to use new media tools in the classroom, and more this summer!

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What Makes a Good School: Students Speak Up at Leadership Forum

Teens design their own ideal school environment.

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PBL: What Does It Take for a Project to Be "Authentic"?

John Larmer of the Buck Institute for Education looks at the criteria determining whether or not project based learning is authentic, and how important this distinction might be.

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