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Topic tags: why PBL, what is PBL, school reform, education leadership



What is it? The purpose in this article is twofold: 1) distinguish “main course” Project Based Learning (PBL) from the short duration and intellectually lightweight activities and projects common to many classrooms; and 2) argue that PBL is an essential tool for preparing students to reach 21st century educational goals and succeed in the 21st century.

Why do we like it? This article helps address the fact that many teachers are familiar with the term "projects" but do not fully understand that Project Based Learning is different. A short section at the end describes school changes needed to support PBL.

How can you use it? You and your colleagues can read and discuss this article when exploring or beginning a PBL development effort, or to communicate with various audiences who may remember "doing projects" in school and wrongly think that is PBL.