ERIC Number: ED451420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: 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)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Case Studies, Classroom Techniques, Definitions, Discovery Learning, Education Work Relationship, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Educational Resources, Employment Qualifications, Experiential Learning, Futures (of Society), High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Internet, Learning Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Models, Partnerships in Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Resource Materials, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), School Community Relationship, Science Instruction, Skill Development, Staff Development, State Standards, Student Experience, Student Motivation, Student Projects, Summer Programs, Teaching Methods, Technical Assistance, Theory Practice Relationship, Vocational Education, World Wide Web
Southern Regional Education Board 592 10th St. N.W., Atlanta, GA 30318. Tel: 404-875-9211, ext. 236; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (00V03, $2). For full text: http://www.sreb.org/programs/hstw/publications/site-guides/ UsingRealWorldProjects.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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