Research: Out of the Gate

Preparing university faculty, preservice teachers, and cooperating teachers for high quality PBL.

logo of Out of the GateDriving Question

How can we produce more teachers ready to design and facilitate high-quality PBL “out of the gate?”

Research Focus

PBLWorks professional development


Research Questions

  • How do Out of the Gate university faculty members’, cooperating teachers’, and pre-service teachers’ beliefs, knowledge, and confidence related to PBL change over time?
  • To what extent do Out of the Gate pre-service and cooperating teachers report implementing high-quality PBL, and how does implementation change over time?
  • To what extent do TEPs change how they prepare preservice teachers with PBL, and to what extent can the changes be attributed to participation in Out of the Gate?
  • What challenges and supports do TEP participants and stakeholders experience and how can these supports be continued and these challenges overcome?


University of Mary, North Dakota

  • Bismarck Public School District

Otterbein University, Ohio

  • Olentangy Local School District
  • Whitehall City Schools
  • Westerville City Schools
  • Carl Winchester School District
  • Southwestern City School District

Grand Valley State University, Michigan

  • Godfrey-Lee Public Schools
  • Lowell Public Schools
  • Kent Innovation High School
  • Kentwood Public Schools
  • Wyoming Public Schools

Wichita State University, Kansas

  • Wichita Public Schools USD 259