Project-Based Learning

What is Project-Based Learning (PBL)?

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  • Project Based Learning (PBL) is a model and framework of teaching and learning where students acquire content knowledge and skills in order to answer a driving question based on an authentic problem, need, challenge, or concern.

  • Project Based Learning is done collaboratively and within groups, using a variety of employability skills such as critical thinking, communication, and creativity.

  • PBL incorporates student voice and choice as well as inquiry.

  • Authentic PBL involves a community partner and a publicly presented end product.

  • Project Based Learning involves an ongoing process of feedback and revision as well as reflection.

Core Components of PBL

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PBL vs Projects

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The primary differences between PBL and traditional projects lie in the process of implementation and the application of standards. A PBL Unit gives students a clear “why” from the start, whereas traditional units give their “why” at the end with a culminating project. In PBL, an authentic purpose drives student learning. Students then apply their learning throughout the PBL Unit. In a traditional teaching unit, learning takes place but the application is not determined until the end.

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