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Project vs. Problem Based Learning

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Angie B.

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Transcript of Project vs. Problem Based Learning

Problem vs. Product Based Learning
By Angela Boline
September 8, 2013

Problem vs. Project Based Learning
Both problem and project based learning are instructional strategies that are used to create authentic learning opportunities.
Project Based Learning
Students develop a question and are guided through research. Start with the end product in mind as the driving force. Skills are learned along the way.
Problem Based Learning
Students work in groups collaboratively to solve real world complex issues. They must figure out the problem and then determine the steps needed to carry out the learning in order to determine the final solution.
Problem Based Learning
In problem-based learning, the teacher presents students with a complex problem, and students determine the content that is necessary to solve it.
During 8th grade social studies, students look into how WWII veterans made a difference. After they then used Audacity to narrate their writing. In Audacity, they were required to use time period music, writing style, and other ways.
Duch, B. (1995). What is problem-based learning? Center for Teaching Effectiveness, Univ. of Delaware. http://www.udel.edu/pbl/cte/jan95-what.html

Gultekin, M. 2005. The effect of project based learning on learning
outcomes in the 5th grade social studies course in primary education.
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice 5(2): 548–56.

Teamwork and Communication needed
Focus on process (1-2 days)

Student take control of their own learning
Students pose and answer their own questions
Resolving problems or meeting
challenges that are encountered in
life and career.
Complex and Open-ended
Problem-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method that challenges students to "learn to learn," working cooperatively in groups to seek solutions to real world problems. These problems are used to engage students' curiosity and initiate learning the subject matter. PBL prepares students to think critically and analytically, and to find and use appropriate learning resources (Duch,1995).
Evidence exists that through PBL, students
become better researchers, problem solvers, and
higher-order thinkers (Gultekin 2005).
Gultekin, M. 2005. The effect of project based learning on learning
outcomes in the 5th grade social studies course in primary education.
Educational Sciences: Theory and Practice 5(2): 548–56.
*Culminating project
*1-3 weeks long
*Open ended

Project Based Learning
Project Based Learning
The 8th Grade Social Studies class was given an opportunity to embed technology into their lesson on World War II. Students had two options for the assignment; an interview with selected people during that time period or write a letter home where the students became the soldier in the trenches of France during WWII. Once students finished the writing process for the chosen topic, they proceeded to use Audacity to narrate their project. Students used headphones with microphones to narrate the project and selected and inserted time period music or sound effects. Students had a deeper understanding of what soldiers and other important people went through during WWII using as much authentic (time period) writing, emotional verbal representation, music and sound effects. Students were given a rubric which provided them with the expectations of the written piece as well as the technological piece.
Objective: Learn about WWII and how veterans contributes helped society.
Project Based Learning Idea
How to Use Problem Based Learning
Problem Based Learning
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