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Roundtable Highlights Ties Between Project-Based Learning and Competency-Based Education, Explores New Research
De Vivo, K. (2021). Roundtable Highlights Ties Between Project-Based Learning and Competency-Based Education, Explores New Research. Aurora Institute.
As education leaders look for ways to accelerate learning this fall, following months of virtual and hybrid instruction, more schools should leverage competency-based and project-based learning.
Graeber, A. Reimagining AP teaching with PBL. ASCD Smart Brief.
“You can give students a mound of Supreme Court cases to read and regurgitate information from, or you can set up projects like moot court where students take on the roles of the judges and attorneys. Which do you think will be more memorable for students? Which will help that learning stick with them after they take the exam? My answer: the project.”
Penuel, W. (2021). Effective Science Learning Means Observing and Explaining. There’s a Curriculum for That. Education Week.
Researchers say grappling with problems beats out traditional approaches
Shusterman, J. (2021). Project-based learning is how we teach critical thinking. Seattle Times.
In order to create a generation of critical thinkers, we need to make the use of project-based learning (PBL) in classrooms widespread. Critical thinking (or training minds to think) is one of the most important skills for students to develop. It is correlated with academic success, is invaluable in the ever-changing workplace, and increases empathy – which makes for more meaningful social interactions.
De Vivo, K. (2021). Project-based learning: An evidence-based way to improve social studies. ASCD Inservice.
A national panel calls for an overhauled approach to teaching history and civics.
Analysis: Project-Based Learning or Lectures? Our Research Shows PBL Helps Low-Income Students Do Better in AP Classes, Earn College Credit
Saavedra, A.R., and Rapaport, A. (2021). Analysis: Project-Based Learning or Lectures? Our Research Shows PBL Helps Low-Income Students Do Better in AP Classes, Earn College Credit. The 74 Million.
Can a student-centered approach featuring group work, simulations and oral presentations provide preparation for AP exams as good or even better than lectures? If so, can students from lower-income households, who may not have had the same level of preparation for the coursework as their wealthier peers, benefit?
Mathews, J. (2021). Project-based learning confronts students with uncertainty. Finally. The Washington Post.
Project-based learning, at least in some schools, is much better now. The best lessons have students work on projects that are tied to a real-world scenario and also teach core academic content.
Ciampaglia, D.A. (2021). Making the Case for Project-Based Learning. The Elective.
The release of four studies shows the wide-ranging benefits of students becoming active participants in their education.
Miller, E.A., Codere, S., and Krajcik, J. (2021). Making Project-Based Learning Inclusive in a Hybrid Setting. Edutopia.
It’s not easy to help students feel connected when everyone isn’t in the same room, but these science teachers found a way to make it work.
Krajcik, J.S., and Schneider, B. (2021). Project-based learning deepens science knowledge for 3rd graders in Michigan. The Research Brief.
Project-based learning- a teaching approach whereby students explore and solve real-world challenges – can improve third graders’ scientific knowledge as well as their social and emotional skills.
Edutopia. (2021). How PBL Taps Into the Science of Learning and Development. Edutopia.
A growing body of research shows that project-based learning can have a positive impact on achievement and engagement. Linda Darling-Hammond describes how a rigorous project-based approach fits in with what we know works for students.
Ascione, L. (2021). PBL students excel compared to peers in typical classrooms. eSchool News.
The PBL teaching strategy offers engaging, real-world experiences for students and could prove helpful after COVID-related learning loss.
Find Out More
A Research-Backed Science Curriculum
Watch to see the Equity in Science Education curriculum in action in the San Francisco Unified School District, where middle school students work collaboratively on science projects.Learn More
Democratic Knowledge Project
The Democratic Knowledge Project is a project-based learning civics initiative that includes a year-long 8th grade civics curriculum, Civic Engagement in Our Democracy.Learn More
Sprocket is a free online portal for teachers to access full-year project-based learning courses. It also includes an online community where teachers are able to share ways to implement and adapt the courses.Learn More
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