History Of PBL
While there is a long standing tradition in education to assign projects and activities to students, project based learning has evolved with a more specific student focus. The premise is that hands-on learning and problem solving improves student engagement. The process is no longer focused on teaching, but rather on learning. Students learn through doing, through problem solving and critical thinking.
The definition of project based learning is, "projects are complex tasks, based on challenging questions or problems, that involve students in design, problem-solving, decision making, or investigative activities; give students the opportunity to work relatively autonomously over extended periods of time; and culminate in realistic products or presentations (Jones, Rasmussen, & Moffitt, 1997; Thomas, Mergendoller, & Michaelson, 1999)."
Modern project based learning brings in 5 criteria: centrality, a driving question, constructive investigations, realism and autonomy. The goal is to enhance the quality of students' learning and improve higher level cognitive skills, including communicating, problem solving, collaboration and decision making.
Refined and developed PBL units, such as ours, are designed to engage students and stimulate them to work with others while solving problems. Research has shown that both teachers and students believe that PBL is an effective and beneficial instructional method. Students often show improved attitudes towards learning as well as self-reliance and increased attendance. Most of the research on PBL has been conducted in the last decade, as it grows in popularity and success.
While many teachers are aware of the benefits of PBL, not everyone has the training or resources to design a framework to bring in the PBL practices that are most productive. As educators and first hand witnesses to the benefits of PBL, we have dedicated years of research and testing to make teacher friendly, manageable project based learning units. Close the gap between traditional learning and the real world with Project Based Learning units. With these ready-to-go powerful educational tools, you can download them today and start the transformation tomorrow!