ERIC Number: ED422466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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Project-based Learning: Moving Students through the GED with Meaningful Learning.
Green, Anson M.
Participatory classroom instruction, including project-based learning, is a teaching approach that can motivate students to learn, build the academic competencies needed to pass the General Educational Development (GED) Test, and instill the strong self-concept and interpersonal skills needed to succeed. Project-based learning actively engages students in their learning experience. Instead of creating and directing exercises for passive students, instructors become coaches, facilitators, and sounding boards for student ideas. By working together to develop, critique, implement, and assess projects having relevance to their lives, students become problem solvers and develop the thought processes needed to assess and evaluate information on the GED test. One instructor of an open-entry GED class for welfare recipients managed to motivate her students to master the skills required to pass the GED through two learning projects: (1) students produced a handbook to help returning students on public assistance feel more comfortable returning to school; and (2) adult students spoke to middle school students about how dropping out of schools had affected their lives. Both projects illustrated how project-based learning provides students with durable learning skills and a broader understanding of their place in the world. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests