The Power of Project-Based Learning: Helping Students Develop Important Life Skills

The Power of Project-Based Learning: Helping Students Develop Important Life Skills

by Scott D. Wurdinger


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Project-based learning is a teaching approach that motivates and inspires students to learn and helps them to become self-directed learners over time. Students learn not only the content surrounding their projects, but also important life skills such as problem-solving, creativity, collaboration, communication, time management, and responsibility. Author Scott Wurdinger has implemented this approach over the past ten years in his own classrooms, has conducted numerous research studies on this topic, and has seen the effectiveness of project-based learning firsthand.

This book provides information on the history, research, and application of the project-based learning approach and should be read by educators who want to change their classrooms into dynamic exciting learning environments. Educators will learn everything they need to know about how to implement this approach in their classrooms, as well as how to help students create meaningful, relevant projects that can help impact and solve school, community, and even global problems. Read this book and bring project-based learning to your classroom!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781475827651
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/30/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 140
Sales rank: 702,925
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Scott Wurdinger is a professor of experiential education and leadership studies at Minnesota State University in Mankato, and currently serves as the coordinator of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. His research interests focus on the use of various approaches to experiential learning and how they develop life skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Changing Education
University Bureaucracy
Public School Bureaucracy
Competency Based Education
Deeper Learning
Chapter Two: Project-Based Learning and Skill Development
Historical Roots of Project-Based Learning
Why Use Project-Based learning
Experiential Learning and Project-Based Learning
Collateral Learning
Things to Consider When Using Project-Based Learning
Potential Problems with Project-Based Learning
Chapter Three: Skills That Matter
What Are Life Skills?
How Do Students Learn Life Skills?
Connecting Life Skills to Project-Based Learning
Chapter Four: Using Your Place for Student Projects
Local Projects
Projects Outside the Local Community
Chapter Five: Tracking and Assessing the Project Process
Tracking the Project Process
Project Proposal Form
Project Progress Form
Project Completion Form
Student Assessments
Personal Reflection Form
Student Presentations
Chapter Six: Schools Using Project-Based Learning
Colleges Using Project-Based Learning
High Schools Using Project-Based Learning
Classroom Culture
Creating Projects
Projects and Place
Tracking and Assessing
Increasing Numbers

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