New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

Nell K. Duke, Anne-Lise Halvorsen, Edutopia, Jun 21, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

When I was in school my favourite and most impactful learning was project-based learning. So I've had a soft spot for it ever since. This post reports on "a large study of the effects of PBL on social studies and some aspects of literacy achievement in second-grade classrooms [called] Project PLACE: A Project Approach to Literacy and Civic Engagement." Of course, project-based learning can work in all schools, not just high-poverty schools. I would resist (where the authors do not) classifying PBL as a means of catching up to high Socio-Economic Status (SES) schools.

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