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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Lucas Education Research

Lucas Education Research

Founded in 2013, Lucas Education Research supports the George Lucas Educational Foundation’s mission by building evidence to support practices at the student, teacher, and school level that profoundly and positively impact the course of learning and lifelong achievement. To achieve its mission, Lucas Education Research conducts and funds rigorous research in collaboration with university partners, leading educators, and research firms to identify, design, and test educational models that can be replicated and taken to scale.

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

One of the Foundation’s current initiatives is a research program, called Knowledge in Action, designed and managed by a collaborative group of learning scientists, curriculum experts, teacher leaders, and Foundation staff. The research team is applying a rigorous PBL approach to college-preparatory courses, so that students can participate in authentic tasks that provide an experiential platform for learning that prepares them for college and careers. The research won the 2013 Exemplary Research in Social Studies Award from the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).