This week, I began my introduction into the world of project based learning in EdTech 542: Technology-Supported Project Based Learning. Once the class introductions and syllabus review were out of the way, we were exposed to a plethora of PBL resources. Here is a comprehensive list:
With such a structured and inclusive element workflow, BIE makes project based learning implementation look somewhat easy. However, in doing more research, it is easy to see that there are several considerations and difficulties that create roadblocks for many teachers that attempt to implement PBL. My Research found that, while PBL has a positive impact on student’s content retention, engagement/empathy, motivation, and the development of soft-skills like collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving, it can be difficult for teachers to implement (Brush & Saye, 2008; Krajcik, et al., 1998). One study (Marx, et al., 1997), found several difficulties with PBL:
These studies seem to promote the idea that both students and teachers need effective support while planning for and implementing PBL in the classroom. This support should include help in time-management/organization, directing inquiry, scaffolding, and integrating technology effectively into instruction (Brush & Saye, 2008; Krajcik, et al., 1998).
Brush, T., & Saye, J. (2008). The effects of multimedia-supported problem-based inquiry on student engagement, empathy, and assumptions about history. The Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 2(1), 21-56. https://doi.org/10.7771/1541-5015.1052
Krajcik, J. S., Blumenfeld, P. C., Marx, R. W., Bass, K. M., Fredricks, J., & Soloway, E. (1998). Inquiry in project-based science classrooms: Initial attempts by middle school students. The Journal of the Learning Sciences, 7, 313-350. http://stem.gstboces.org/Shared%20Documents/STEM%20DEPLOYMENT%20PROJECT%20RESEARCH/InquiryinProject-BasedScience.pdf
Marx, R. W., Blumenfeld, P.C., Krajcik, J. S., & Soloway, E. (1997). Enacting project-based science: Challenges for practice and policy. Elementary School Journal, 97, 341-358. http://libproxy.boisestate.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=9708235766&site=ehost-live