White paper - How to Teach Project-Based Learning to Children

How to Teach Project-Based Learning to Children

How to Teach Project-Based Learning to Children

As the world’s economy continues to transition from an informational economy to a conceptual one, educators are quickly realizing that their students need more than passive forms of education that rely on memorization and frequent testing. In response, project-based learning (PBL), a learning technique focused on assigning and guiding students through self-directed projects toward clear learning outcomes, has become an essential approach to helping build students’ confidence to confront the unknown. Grounded in over 100 years of educational philosophy, PBL’s effectiveness stems from its hands-on approach to learning, and its ability to develop a student’s confidence in solving problems that have no clear solution.

This paper traces the origins of PBL and explores why applying its principles to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is so effective.

Highlights include:

  • The story of how PBL evolved from the teachings and research of psychologists John Dewey and Jean Piaget.
  • A helpful chart describing the differences between a traditional classroom environment, and one that uses PBL techniques.
  • A clear description of what makes a project “authentic,” and therefore most beneficial for students to undertake. 

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