Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: February 22, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412957403 | Print ISBN: 9781412956642 | Online ISBN: 9781412957403| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Beth Nason Quick
Project learning is a nontraditional instructional approach that has its roots in constructivist, con-structionist, and progressive views of education. Project learning is also referred to as the project approach , a term popularized by Sylvia Chard, Judy Helm, and Lilian Katz. Another related term, often used interchangeably with project learning, is project-based learning (PBL). Rather than traditional teacher-directed instruction, project learning provides opportunities for long-term, interdisciplinary, student-centered, and integrated learning with real-world issues and practices. For more than 100 years educators, perhaps most notably John Dewey, have heralded the benefits of experiential, hands-on, student-directed learning. More recently, project learning has generated interest in the wake of research in psychology and neuroscience on cognition and learning theories, as well as cognitive research on the nature of problem solving and the benefits of scaffolding and social learning. The fast pace at which the world is changing has highlighted a need for students ...