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Project-Based Learning - And How It Helps the Real World

By Prapthi Manjunath

There is no doubt that math, science, history are important in educating a student. How students learn and succeed in school is very different from a work/professional environment where employees work together, think strategically, and present their projects. Nowadays, students tend to feel bored and way too stressed to learn anything properly and end up leaving or dropping out. Now is there a solution to this? Yes.

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is a teaching and learning method that has gained popularity for its fun, easy, and the concept of learning by doing. Its ability to engage students in their works and help them in gaining real-world skills and experiences is what makes it remarkable.

Solving highly complex problems requires students to have fundamental and 21st-century skills. To survive in today's world the traditional mode of passively learning facts and vomiting them on tests and exams is no longer enough. But with the combination of old school learning and project-based learning students can reach heights of success at a young age.

Project-based learning (PBL) is a powerful teaching method that has extensive benefits for students, ranging from critical thinking to project management to self-confidence. According to research conducted by The Autodesk Foundation, studies have shown that project-based learning is linked to significant improvements in student test scores, attendance, and classroom engagement.

A group of students may make a presentation on a Chemistry topic and was asked to teach the entire class. Working in a group enhances leadership qualities and students can understand their strengths and weaknesses i.e. – few may be good at research, few others may be good at preparing the presentations, and few others at public speaking.

The Benefits of Project-Based Learning

Real-world application - PBL uses the problems of the real world and creates a project for the students to work on. Creativity, collaboration, communication, and other soft skills are key outcomes for students. This gives students the real-world experience they need to take on in the corporate world.

Enjoyable teaching and learning - PBL engages students and teachers in the project that they work on which inculcates teamwork and leadership skills.

Thinking capacity - It helps in Cognitive development or improves their Thinking capacity. Students learn to analyze, compare, and debate on various topics. They learn to understand the pros and cons. They learn problem-solving.

Creativity - students can choose many ways to depict their understanding about a subject in class- they may write a song, enact a play, make charts, write essays, make Advertisements, or create simulations.

Encourages self-learning - Students will learn independently which will shape them for the future.

A 2016 MDRC/Lucas Education Research literature review found that the design principles most commonly used in PBL align well with the goals of preparing students for deeper learning, higher-level thinking skills, and intra/interpersonal skills (Condliffe et al., 2016).

It might feel counterintuitive, but in many ways, the spring of 2020 was an opportune time to launch into a rigorous project. While the nation’s school system was confronting an unprecedented disruption at mid-year, students were well-prepared to apply the knowledge they had already gained to a hard problem of their choice. Well-designed projects allowed them to work independently at home in a way that was engaging and provided continuity of learning.

Project-Based Learning is not only a class activity but it has its impact on several areas of a child’s personality even outside the class. It improves their skills and makes them more confident. Therefore, teachers, students, and parents must view this learning method as beneficial and make the most of it.

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