Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Teaching, Learning and Education
Project-Based Learning: The teaching method of the future, RQ: How can students explore their interests and passions while learning electrical circuits through a school project?
Ana Clara Voltani, Nathalia Costa, Merle Rentink and Carla Gomes
This article investigates how we can increase students’ learning in the area of electrical circuits with the strategy of allowing students to explore their personal interests and passions in a PBL approach.
One of PBL’s main standing points is giving students voice and choice, which will encourage them to have a more open mind posture due to the fact that they are doing something of interest to them, so they can be authentic to themselves whilst doing it.
The Put a Spark In It! project used the design thinking approach as the main path for students learning. In the beginning students were invited to choose a context that they wanted to focus on and understand its main stakeholders by developing interviews and collecting data. Then, they defined the main problem they wanted to solve and ideated a solution. Finally, they built the prototype, along with a scientific article and a creative poster explaining how the device worked. Throughout the whole process, creativity and reflection were explored, from the first week of class, when students were encouraged to reflect on their personal relationship with electrical energy to the final days when they developed the final products.
The goal of this article is to demonstrate, through qualitative analysis and interview processes, how a school project can allow a deeper understanding of electrical circuits when students have a stronger motivation, especially when they are developing something personal to them.
keywords: PBL, Electrical Circuits, Innovative Learning, Student Based Learning, Design Thinking Approach.