Earlier this month, I started the Learning Thursday blog series, which features a new learning and development article every other week that has a unique perspective. I’ll also post some discussion points for those who would like to reflect on the article. If you’d like to participate, please follow me here on the Adobe eLearning blog and comment on this week’s article:
Krajcik, J., & Blumenfeld, P. (2006). Project-based learning. In R. K. Sawyer (Ed.), Cambridge handbook of the learning sciences (pp. 317–334). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Google Scholar
(The Google Scholar link will take you to a free PDF of the article.)
Introductory Paragraph: Any teacher or parent can tell you that many students are bored in school. But many of them tend to assume that boredom is not a problem with the best students, and that if students tried harder or learned better they wouldn’t be bored. In the 1980s and 1990s, education researchers increasingly realized that when students are bored and unengaged, they are less likely to learn (Blumenfeld et al., 1991). Studies of student experience found that almost all students are bored in school, even the ones who score well on standardized tests (Csikszentmihalyi, Rathunde, & Whalen, 1993). By about 1990, it became obvious to education researchers that the problem wasn’t the fault of the students; there was something wrong with the structure of schooling. If we could find a way to engage students in their learning, to restructure the classroom so that students would be motivated to learn, that would be a dramatic change.
After reading the article, please add a comment with your thoughts on one (or all) of these questions:
- Can you give an example of a project-based learning experience you’ve had?
- What is one topic you would like to deliver using a project-based learning approach?
- How can learning technology be used to support project-based learning?
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