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Why Project-Based Learning Outperforms Traditional Instruction

Research shows that PBL can lead to better outcomes for many students—here are 5 reasons why it works.

August 6, 2021

Project-based learning has been used across grade bands to help students develop skills critical to their success in school, the workplace, and life. While many components make up rigorous PBL, consensus has started to build around what elements make it work best in the classroom. Over the years, an extensive body of research has looked at the efficacy of project-based learning—listed below are links to the studies cited in the video.

Curriculum development and research on the first two programs mentioned—Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning (ML-PBL) and Knowledge in Action—was funded by Lucas Education Research, Edutopia’s sister division, from the George Lucas Educational Foundation.

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