ERIC Number: ED460299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
A Portable Action Lab for Creating Quality Student Projects for Health Care Careers.
Alongi, Anthony; Arora, Sonia; Hogan, Christopher; Steinberg, Adria; Vickers, Margaret
This document is intended to introduce health occupations educators to the principles of the portable action lab and help them use those principles to create quality learning projects for students preparing for careers in health care. Section 1 outlines the concepts and frameworks of quality project-based learning, which is based on the following core elements: authenticity; academic rigor; applied learning; active exploration; adult relationships; and assessment. The structural elements of project-based learning (group size; method for arriving at project structures and topics; duration; and integration of subjects) are discussed along with the concept of scaffolding, which is a process for building the support needed by students to complete high-quality projects. Section 2 examines the following steps in planning student projects: (1) defining a central question or concept; (2) reaching out to community members; (3) designing classroom and community activities; and (4) developing assessment mechanisms. Section 3 presents summaries and analyses of six student projects based on the principle of the action learning lab. Each project description contains the following elements: background information; implementation guidelines; and a brief analysis of the project's incorporation of the principles of quality project-based learning and scaffolding. The bibliography lists 17 recommended publications. A project analysis template is appended. (MN)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Check Lists, Definitions, Education Work Relationship, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Employment Qualifications, Experiential Learning, Field Experience Programs, Guidelines, Health Occupations, Instructional Development, Job Skills, Learning Laboratories, Partnerships in Education, Peer Teaching, Performance Based Assessment, Program Design, Program Evaluation, Records (Forms), Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Student Evaluation, Student Projects, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Practitioners; Teachers
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