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Ravitz, Jason – Buck Institute for Education, 2008
This paper presents initial results from a survey of project based learning conducted across a dozen strata of high schools including several major reform networks. This approach to instruction appears to be central to progressive reforms in small high schools. We found relationships to reforms such as teaching across the curriculum, student…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Educational Change, Student Projects, High Schools
Ravitz, Jason – Buck Institute for Education, 2008
In the fall of 2007, the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) conducted a national survey of high school reform and project based learning (PBL). The study included teachers from several major high school reform networks that emphasize PBL as an instructional approach: New Tech High, High Tech High, Edvision Schools, and Envision Schools. It also…
Descriptors: High Schools, Student Projects, School Restructuring, Active Learning
Buck Institute for Education, 2004
This unit is designed to teach students about how a bill becomes law and how interest groups participate in and impact this process. LegiQuest teaches students about the roles of Congress, the President, and the courts in the legislative process. It can be used at the beginning of the course to introduce the functions and branches of government.…
Descriptors: Legislation, Lobbying, Legislators, Politics
Ravitz, Jason – Buck Institute for Education, 2003
A statewide evaluation in Idaho addressed whether teachers changed in teaching philosophy and technology skills following summer in-service workshops and whether these changes sustained themselves in the face of school year and classroom realities. The timing of data collection is an important factor to consider when interpreting program outcomes.…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Workshops, Data Collection, Attitude Change
Ravitz, Jason; Mergendoller, John; Markham, Thom; Thorsen, Carolyn; Rice, Kerry; Snelson, Chareen; Reberry, Sherawn – Beryl Buck Institute for Education, 2004
This paper describes efforts to increase the prevalence, rigor and relevance of Project Based Learning in US schools and internationally. Under a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE), US Department of Education, the Buck Institute for Education and partners are offering: 1) an online staff development…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Student Projects, Online Courses, Teacher Education