Proceedings of The 4th World Conference on Research in Teaching and Education
Learning through Projects in the Classroom: Project-based Learning Guide
Nicole Kasbary, Aghnar Haymour
Project-based learning (PBL) is a teaching approach that introduces and enhances collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. It allows students to actively participate in class and be put into groups to create projects together. By promoting this approach it displays collaboration among the students and explores the different perspectives and ideas of their classmates. Project- based learning is a new way for students to enjoy learning, be involved in the classroom, freely express themselves, being creative, and most importantly it builds the resources of working together in a group where it is important to learn at a young age to be prepared for their future through a hands on experience. Project-based learning should be applied in classrooms because it strays away from the traditional way of learning and has displayed an increase of students’ engagement in their classroom, promotes critical thinking and problem-solving, and most importantly cooperating with one another (Brush and Saye, 2008, ChanLin, 2008). However, teachers may face challenges in organizing a PBL classroom due to an unorganized way of teaching, lack of classroom management, implementing technology, lack of resources and assessing students through projects. Thus, schools need to aid their teachers in fostering PBL in their classrooms by giving them trainings and workshops (Herro and Quigley, 2016). Despite, the importance and positive effects project-based learning has on the learning experience for students, it isn’t fully implemented in classrooms and teachers do not have the proper sources to initiate a PBL classroom.
keywords: collaboration, engagement, problem-solving, creativity, management.