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Interdisciplinary Education: Literature Review and Landscape Analysis  

Related to project-based learning, interdisciplinary education can create more relevant learning experiences for all students. This report, produced by RTI International for Lucas Education Research, explores the field of interdisciplinary education through an extensive literature review and landscape analysis. In both parts of the report, RTI examines the definitions of interdisciplinary education; how, where, and why the approach is practiced; and finally the existing research, resources, and structures for interdisciplinary education.

Interdisciplinary Education: Literature Review and Landscape Analysis  

Related to project-based learning, interdisciplinary education can create more relevant learning experiences for all students. This report, produced by RTI International for Lucas Education Research, explores the field of interdisciplinary education through an extensive literature review and landscape analysis. In both parts of the report, RTI examines the definitions of interdisciplinary education; how, where, and why the approach is practiced; and finally the existing research, resources, and structures for interdisciplinary education.

MDRC+PBL Literature Review

The concept of project-based learning (PBL) has garnered wide support among a number of K-12 education policy advocates and funders. This working paper builds on and updates a seminal literature review of PBL published in 2000. Focused primarily on articles and studies that have emerged in the 17 years since then, the working paper discusses the principles that underlie PBL, how PBL has been used in K-12 settings, the challenges teachers have confronted in implementing it, how school and district factors influence its adoption, and what is known about its effectiveness in improving students’ learning outcomes.

March 2017

MDRC+PBL Literature Review

The concept of project-based learning (PBL) has garnered wide support among a number of K-12 education policy advocates and funders. This working paper builds on and updates a seminal literature review of PBL published in 2000. Focused primarily on articles and studies that have emerged in the 17 years since then, the working paper discusses the principles that underlie PBL, how PBL has been used in K-12 settings, the challenges teachers have confronted in implementing it, how school and district factors influence its adoption, and what is known about its effectiveness in improving students’ learning outcomes.

March 2017

Project-Based Learning in San Francisco: Research Study Sparks Middle School Science Curriculum

When the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) was looking for a new middle school science curriculum in 2016, it sought a program that would align with the new Next Generation Science Standards and the district’s equity goals.

Lucas Education Research. (2022). Project-Based Learning in San Francisco: Research Study Sparks Middle School Science Curriculum.

Project-Based Learning in San Francisco: Research Study Sparks Middle School Science Curriculum

When the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) was looking for a new middle school science curriculum in 2016, it sought a program that would align with the new Next Generation Science Standards and the district’s equity goals.

Lucas Education Research. (2022). Project-Based Learning in San Francisco: Research Study Sparks Middle School Science Curriculum.

Project-Based Learning: How It Can Support Your Child (English Version)

This resource can help parents understand the benefits of rigorous project-based learning. For some parents, PBL may conjure up images of haphazard arts-and-crafts projects tacked on to the end of a lesson. But in a growing number of classrooms today, teachers are engaging in something quite different. It is rigorous, high-quality project-based learning—deeply tied to core content, engaging, and authentic. Please read this quick guide to PBL to learn more and share it with others, particularly parents who want to know how this approach to teaching and learning can benefit their children.

Este recurso está disponible en español.

Lucas Education Research. (2022). Project-Based Learning: How It Can Support Your Child (English Version). LER.

Project-Based Learning: How It Can Support Your Child (English Version)

This resource can help parents understand the benefits of rigorous project-based learning. For some parents, PBL may conjure up images of haphazard arts-and-crafts projects tacked on to the end of a lesson. But in a growing number of classrooms today, teachers are engaging in something quite different. It is rigorous, high-quality project-based learning—deeply tied to core content, engaging, and authentic. Please read this quick guide to PBL to learn more and share it with others, particularly parents who want to know how this approach to teaching and learning can benefit their children.

Este recurso está disponible en español.

Lucas Education Research. (2022). Project-Based Learning: How It Can Support Your Child (English Version). LER.

Aprendizaje basado en proyectos: Cómo puede aportar a la educación de su hijo (Versión Español)

Este recurso puede ayudar a los padres a entender los provechos de aprendizaje basado en proyectos rigurosos (rigorous project-based learning). Por algunos padres, ABP (PBL) puede evocar imágenes de manualidades desordenados añaden del fin de la lección. Sin embargo, en un número creciente de clases hoy, profesores interactúan en algo muy diferente. Es riguroso, alta calidad aprendizaje basado en proyectos— conectado de clave contenido, atractivo y auténtico. Por favor lea esta guía de aprendizaje basado en proyectos para empezar más y compartir con otros, particularmente padres que quieren saber cómo este enfoque de enseñanza y aprendizaje puede beneficiar sus niños.

This resource is available in English.

Lucas Education Research. (2022). Aprendizaje basado en proyectos: Cómo puede aportar a la educación de su hijo (Versión Español). LER.

Aprendizaje basado en proyectos: Cómo puede aportar a la educación de su hijo (Versión Español)

Este recurso puede ayudar a los padres a entender los provechos de aprendizaje basado en proyectos rigurosos (rigorous project-based learning). Por algunos padres, ABP (PBL) puede evocar imágenes de manualidades desordenados añaden del fin de la lección. Sin embargo, en un número creciente de clases hoy, profesores interactúan en algo muy diferente. Es riguroso, alta calidad aprendizaje basado en proyectos— conectado de clave contenido, atractivo y auténtico. Por favor lea esta guía de aprendizaje basado en proyectos para empezar más y compartir con otros, particularmente padres que quieren saber cómo este enfoque de enseñanza y aprendizaje puede beneficiar sus niños.

This resource is available in English.

Lucas Education Research. (2022). Aprendizaje basado en proyectos: Cómo puede aportar a la educación de su hijo (Versión Español). LER.

Project-Based Learning Digital Toolkit

New research demonstrates that students in Project-Based Learning (PBL) classrooms across the United States significantly outperform students in typical classrooms.

Project-Based Learning Digital Toolkit

New research demonstrates that students in Project-Based Learning (PBL) classrooms across the United States significantly outperform students in typical classrooms.

Five Characteristics of Project-Based Learning

Four newly released, peer-reviewed research studies show that rigorous project-based learning (PBL) has a strong, positive impact on student outcomes. Although the four PBL courses that the researchers studied cover different subjects and grades and vary in their approaches, they do share common characteristics.

Five Characteristics of Project-Based Learning

Four newly released, peer-reviewed research studies show that rigorous project-based learning (PBL) has a strong, positive impact on student outcomes. Although the four PBL courses that the researchers studied cover different subjects and grades and vary in their approaches, they do share common characteristics.

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