Nice try, though AP!
Note: The post below is from Edutopia and refers to significant research supporting the effectiveness of Project-Based Learning (PBL).
By Bob Lenz
Many of us out there know that project-based learning (PBL) inspires students to understand core content knowledge more deeply and gain key skills for success in college and career. Many of us have also directly contributed to results for students on state tests, college-going, and college persistence metrics.
In addition, we know from surveys and focus groups that most of our students are engaged and excited about learning; however, until now, we did not have a rigorous experimental design study approved by the United States Department of Education.
Here’s another intriguing excerpt:
Both high school students and their teachers benefit:
- Students outscored their peers in the control group who received the more typical textbook- and lecture-driven approach.
- Students also scored higher on measures of problem-solving skills and their application to real-world economic challenges
- Teachers scored higher in satisfaction with teaching material and methods than those in the control group.
This is not an educational technology graduate program. It is about more than technology tools. Instead, this strand focuses on helping educators transform their teaching. It is about harnessing these tools to foster creativity, inquiry, and problem solving. It is about exploring a variety of research-based teaching models and assessment techniques. It is about creating a meaningful and progressive curriculum that mixes student passions with educational standards.