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Beginning with authentic problems that engage them intellectually, socially, even emotionally, students design, test, and apply their own solutions in an iterative process that leads to metacognitive understanding of big ideas in multiple disciplines. Working in groups, with partners, or sometimes alone, students have many opportunities to collaborate and communicate about their thinking, their strategies, and their outcomes, and then to present their work to a real audience or to generate a realistic product. From hatching chicks and planting vegetables to designing and testing windmills, students engage in extended learning projects that require sustained inquiry. Science and social studies units are built around big ideas and important concepts, allowing students to investigate these in depth rather than merely covering a topic or memorizing a set of facts. Sharing ideas and giving each other critical feedback teaches students to interact and think like mathematicians, scientists and artists do in real-world communities of practice. Ancona identifies and adheres to seven principles to define project-based learning.These are:
  1. Engagement with an authentic problem or question
  2. A process approach that is developmentally appropriate
  3. The use of elaborated communication
  4. Investigation and knowledge building
  5. In-depth understanding of specific problems (or concepts)
  6. The existence of a meaningful purpose
  7. A realistic product, event, or presentation
Beginning with authentic problems that engage them intellectually, socially, even emotionally, students design, test, and apply their own solutions in an iterative process that leads to metacognitive understanding of big ideas in multiple disciplines. Working in groups, with partners, or sometimes alone, students have many opportunities to collaborate and communicate about their thinking, their strategies,…
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