PBL in K12 Settings

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For a solid introduction to the use of project-based learning to support the development of 21st century skills among K12 students, see this article by Sandy Swartz in which she covers the basics of how to get started. With an increasing focus on critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication, educators interested in setting the conditions for students to develop such skills are re-examining their instructional strategies.

Project-based approaches that engage students working in teams to address real-world problems provide a range of opportunities for students to experience authentic learning in the present while practicing the skills that will be important for their futures. Projects in which students play a leadership role in setting the direction of the team also offer a development path toward greater self-direction of their learning.

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