Enabling Conditions Collaboratory
The Enabling Conditions Collaboratory (ECC) brought together four LER-supported research teams to work towards understanding the conditions that support high-quality project-based learning (PBL):
- Compose Our World
- Core Practices for Project-Based Teaching
- Knowledge in Action Validation Study
- Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning
Using Coburn’s (2003) framework for reconceptualizing “scale”, the ECC examined depth, sustainability, spread, and shift in ownership within their implementation efforts. Throughout this sustained collaboration, ECC teams engaged in activities to aggregate knowledge across projects in order to identify commonalities and variations in the enabling conditions that support implementation of PBL.
By design, three of the project teams were led by junior scholars (postdoctoral scholars or advanced graduate students) with mentorship by a more senior member of their research team. The fourth project, Knowledge in Action Validation, had one senior team member.
Principal Investigator:Ashley Potvin & Allison Boardman (University of Colorado Boulder)
Emily Adah Miller & Leema Berland (University of Georgia, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Rachel Kuck, Zachary Hermann, Sarah Kavanaugh, Chris Pupik Dean (University of Pennsylvania)
Anna Saavedra (University of Southern California); Britte Haugan Cheng & Tiffany Lee Clark (Menlo Education Research)
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Equity-Centered Learning Environments (ECLEs) ￼
LER funded four research teams who are engaged in ongoing research addressing equity and student-centered learning in educational contexts across the country.Learn More
Designing Project-Based Learning Curricula
This paper provides instructional designers with guidance on how to design high-quality PBL curricula, drawing on the LER research base, the learning science literature, and best practices from the field. To provide developers with guideposts that can inform design decisions, the paper describes a set of design principles that can support the creation of content-rich, student-centered experiences.Learn More
Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning
Multiple Literacies in Project-Based Learning is a 3rd, 4th, and 5th-grade science program developed by the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.Learn More
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