Project-Based Learning: A Short History

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When project-based learning is infused with technology, it may look and feel like a 21st-century idea, but it’s built on a venerable foundation. Projects make the world go ’round. For almost any endeavor — whether it’s launching a space shuttle, designing a marketing campaign, conducting a trial, or staging an art exhibit — you can find an interdisciplinary team working together to make it happen.

When the project approach takes hold in the classroom, students gain opportunities to engage in real-world problem solving too. Instead of learning about nutrition in the abstract, students act as consultants to develop a healthier school cafeteria menu. Rather than learning about the past from a textbook, students become historians as they make a documentary about an event that changed their community. Especially when it’s infused with technology, project-based learning may look and feel like a 21st-century idea, but it’s built on a venerable foundation.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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