Discuss Project-Based Learning And How It Helps Kids Solve Real-World Problems
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela
There’s no arguing that core subjects like science, math, English, and history are important in the intellectual development of young learners. Where there’s room for debate is the method by which educational programs and institutions can best help students connect these subjects to one another and see the relevance of such knowledge sets and skills in “the real world.”
How students learn and achieve success in school is radically different from how people work in the professional world, where tasks tend to be project-based and increasingly require teamwork and interdisciplinary. Teachers in both private and public school spheres are increasingly looking for innovative ways to accomplish their educational goals and generally make the learning process more enjoyable and impactful for students.
The Project-Based Learning (also referred to as PBL) is a teaching and learning methodology that is on the rise and has gained notoriety for its expansion of the concept of “learning by doing,” its ability to engage students’ hearts and minds, and its real-world relevance for learning.
Learning by doing is not a new concept. In fact, Socrates’ model of learning involved questioning, inquiry, and critical thinking. The traditional view of education in the 20th century centered around students being passive receivers of knowledge with teachers simply serving as a vehicle to deliver a static body of facts. It wasn’t until John Dewey, an American educational theorist and philosopher, argued for engaging experiences that helped students become inspired to be lifelong learners in a changing world. Today, training institutes and programs to help teachers learn to integrate PBL as a methodology in their lesson plans are becoming more prevalent.