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ERIC Number: ED451420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Using Real World Projects To Help Students Meet High Standards in Education and the Workplace. Site Development Guide #11. High Schools That Work.
Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.; Jobs for the Future, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
This document provides a framework for academic and career/technical teachers who want to raise students' achievement through real-life projects reflecting the rigorous academic and technical standards needed for further learning in the workplace and postsecondary education. The document begins with definitions of the six A's of project-based learning (authenticity, academic rigor, applied learning, active exploration, adult relationships, and assessment). The following core principles of project-based learning are discussed: (1) see the whole before practicing the parts; (2) study content and apply it to real problems; (3) learn by observing, trying out, and reflecting on how experts do things; and (4) make schoolwork more like real work. Questions for evaluating implementation of the six A's of project-based learning are listed along with the following action steps for translating research into action: (1) identify specific things students will learn through the project; (2) define an essential question/concept; and (3) design "scaffolding" (activities, access to resources, knowledge and skills, and assessments) to support learning. The following items are also included: suggestions for building a repertoire of teaching skills; sources of staff development and technical assistance; a list of World Wide Web resources; profiles of five successful project-based learning programs; and a detailed example of gauging a project's effectiveness. (MN)
Southern Regional Education Board 592 10th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318. Tel: 404-875-9211, ext. 236; e-mail: (00V03, $2). For full text: UsingRealWorldProjects.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.; Jobs for the Future, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Location: California; Louisiana; North Carolina; Oregon; Washington
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A