Powerful Learning: Studies Show Deep Understanding Derives from Collaborative Methods
Brigid Barron & Linda Darling-Hammond
A review of research on the most effective K-12 teaching practices from two of the coauthors of Powerful Learning: What We Know About Teaching for Understanding.
In the book, copublished by Jossey-Bass and The George Lucas Educational Foundation, the authors explore the ways in which project learning, cooperative learning, and performance-based assessment generate meaningful student understanding in the classroom. A summary was published in the October 2008 issue of Edutopia magazine and is available on the Foundation web site. The authors conclude:
A growing body of research has shown the following:
- Students learn more deeply when they can apply classroom-gathered knowledge to real-world problems, and when they take part in projects that require sustained engagement and collaboration.
- Active-learning practices have a more significant impact on student performance than any other variable, including student background and prior achievement.
- Students are most successful when they are taught how to learn as well as what to learn.
The expanded chapter is also available (as a large 7.6MB, PDF file)