ERIC Number: ED444119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Dot.com Lessons Worth Learning: Student Engagement, Literacy, and Project-Based Learning.
Ruddell, Martha Rapp
Instructors must be steadfast in their intent to alter conventional transmission models of instruction and to embed reading and writing fully in subject area learning so that avid reading and writing become a natural part of all classroom activity. One instructional model offering engagement of students with material is the constructivist approach, as evidenced in project-based learning. In this approach, founded on inquiry and an inner need to know, topics must grow from students' felt needs, and project development involves resources from and exploration of multiple subject areas. Steps to implement project-based learning include: (1) beginning with what students already know; (2) encourage multiple responses to learning events; (3) allow students to help shape the curriculum; and (4) monitor collaborative work and developing students' ability to monitor their own work. Such learning engages students in real reading and writing activities leading to increased knowledge about the world and increased literacy abilities. (Contains 17 references.) (EF)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Education, Literacy, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.