Project-Based Learning - Part I
By Andrew Loh
Project based learning is a real learning in action and it is a
dynamic process that helps children become very effective learners.
Project based learning helps your children become active learners of
lessons and assists them acquire practical skills and knowledge. In
general, almost all classrooms are too academic and boring to
children. Most classrooms tend to restrict their activities to a
series of standardized learning and teaching activities that may not
really teach anything to children. However, project based learning
ad teaching introduce an innovative mode of academics that kicks out
perimeters of boredom and extreme apathy. Project based learning
will also help children to engage their minds and apply their
intellect towards an active learning process.
In this process, children become active participants in teaching,
learning and sharing processes. In fact, your children can create
their own pool of skills and knowledge. Children who undergo project
based learning also become partners in building understanding and
comprehension. These new learning processes also transform the basic
relationship between evaluation and instruction. In nutshell,
project based learning looks to change the present and universal
teacher centered model to children centered model. Project based
activity is an activity based module while the students actively
take the responsibility for their own learning process.
Project based learning is a dynamic framework for learning that
employs an inquiry based approach to provide answers to questions
about any type of difficult subjects. These subjects are always
useful and beneficial to children. Remember that project based
learning may not come handy while learning easy, flexible and
factual details or information. It is also a mode of evaluating
pending issues and later equating them with real life situations. In
most cases, project based learning process is:
With project-based learning, your children can help themselves to
enhance their motivational levels, work independently on their own,
think in a critical manner, enhance memory and develop better
research skills. Project based learning is always exciting and
In a typical project based learning process, children can work in
small groups and start learning about a particular topic or subject,
all the while tackling real life problems and issues. In the end,
these small groups can present their thoughts and learning bits in
front of other members. This delicate process always involves making
other members of the group know what their tutors taught them in the
A conventional classroom always relies on an experienced teacher
directing and controlling the flow on information in the class. On
the other hand, project based learning provides children an
unlimited freedom and accessibility to explore issues in such a way
that fits their learning requirements. Academicians and educational
experts opine that project based learning will help children to:
Enhance their knowledge about a particular topic or subject.
Develop motivation to learn more
Enhance problem solving skills
Improve research skills
Create an awareness of how the learned skills come to use in a life
In a meaningful, project based learning scenario, children always
try to answer queries and questions that are relevant to them. For
Here are some very simple questions:
What is the source of food for this flowering plant? How do we make
the plant grow quicker?
How do we construct that garage? What are the best plans available?
How to we design and create that birdhouse?
Once the classroom teacher poses these questions, children will form
small groups or teams to work on the pending problem. Once they
brainstorm different ideas and solutions, they will create a list of
activities to pursue. Once they know their objectives, they can
conduct research studies on the subject to design most plausible
answers and solutions. Solving problems may involve tackling a
number of closely related subjects at the same time. The time needed
to complete the project depends on the nature and type of projects.
It also depends on the level of difficulties encountered while
solving the problem.
More often, project based learning system will involve three main
Discussing in detail about the project and collating information or
details, which are already available to children will help children
in many ways. Children may have some primary or basic information
available about the subject.
As teams, children will start collecting required information and
details from a number of sources and citations. Once they create a
pool of research findings, they can analyze, evaluate and cull the
required skills and knowledge from them.
Once the team members finish working on their research work, they
can create a presentation that show how and what they learned during
the second phase. Children can also learn and improve their
presentation and team working skills with this process.
Continue to read
Project-based Learning Part II.