Because Project Based Learning engages students in learning that is deep and long-lasting, and inspires for them a love of learning and personal connection to their academic experience.
Impact on students
PBL blends content mastery, meaningful work, and personal connection to create powerful learning experiences, in terms of both academic achievement and students’ personal growth.
PBL can be transformative for students, especially those furthest from educational opportunity. Now more than ever, we need young people who are ready, willing, and able to tackle the challenges of their lives and the world they will inherit - and nothing prepares them better than Project Based Learning.
Here are just some of the ways that PBL transforms student's educational experiences:
Engaged hearts and minds
Students actively engage with PBL projects that provide real-world relevance for learning. Students can solve problems that are important to them and their communities.
PBL leads to deeper understanding and greater retention of content knowledge. Students are better able to apply what they know to new situations.
Exposure to adults and careers
Students interact with adults, businesses and organizations, and their community, and can develop career interests.
A sense of purpose
A great project can be transformative for students. Seeing a real-world impact gives them a sense of agency and purpose.
Students gain skills valuable in today’s workplace and in life, such as how to take initiative, work responsibly, solve problems, collaborate in teams, and communicate ideas.
Rewarding teacher relationships
Teachers work closely with active, engaged students doing meaningful work, and share in the rediscovered joy of learning.
Creativity and technology
Students enjoy using a spectrum of technology tools from research and collaboration through product creation and presentation.
Research confirms that PBL can help students be successful in today’s rapidly changing and complex world, by developing a broader set of knowledge and skills as well as improving academic achievement.
Impact of PBL on Student Achievement
Researchers in Michigan show effectiveness of Project Based Learning in high-poverty communities.
PBL Helps Students Become Better Decision Makers
Rigorous study demonstrates PBL's power to develop students' reasoning and decision-making about unfamiliar issues.
PBL and 21st Century Competencies
PBL yields benefits of students, ranging from deeper learning of academic content to stronger motivation to learn.