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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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Guest blogger Kiera Chase shares the power of students creating lessons and teaching their peers.

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Expert Advice: Make More Time for Play

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Resources for Designing a Political Ad Campaign Project

Blogger Bob Lenz shares valuable resources for helping teachers develop project-based-learning for the upcoming political elections.

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Practical PBL: Four Tips for Better Implementation

Teacher Adrienne Curtis Dickinson offers four practical tips for taking PBL from a high concept to something easily implemented in the classroom.

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The Edible Schoolyard Yields Seed-to-Table Learning

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

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Project-Based Learning: A Case for Not Giving Up

Suzie Boss highlights a teacher who stuck to project-based learning, even when the students were initially resistant.

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