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Using the Problem Based Approach for Designing and Implementing Projects. National Academy Foundation Annual Conference Washington D.C. - July 18-20, 2007 John Larmer Buck Institute for Education. The Buck Institute for Education is….
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Using the Problem Based Approach for Designing and Implementing Projects
National Academy Foundation Annual Conference
Washington D.C. - July 18-20, 2007
John LarmerBuck Institute for Education
-- Project Based LearningHandbook
-- Already-designed project-based curriculum units for high
school Economics and Government (free downloading
on our website, www.bie.org)
-- Consulting on curriculum writing / development
-- Certification of PBL trainers and coaches for workshops
and ongoing support for schools, districts, or networks
-- www.pbl-online.org (online PBL tutorial)
-- Research and evaluation of materials and methods
A teaching method that organizes
curriculum and instruction around carefully
crafted situations, adapted from real-world
issues, that present a problem with more
than one possible solution.
Students gather, apply and demonstrate
knowledge and skills in their quest for and
presentation of solutions.
May be more of an ‘intellectual investigation’ as opposed to solving a ‘concrete’ problem
Often involves creating a tangible product / performance
A broader category, usually seen in K-12 ed.
Driving question is written as ‘finding a solution’ to a particular problem
Uses a tightly-crafted scenario
More common in post-secondary ed.“Project Based” vs. “Problem Based” Learning
TO: Chef Team, Hotel Centrale
FROM: Events manager
RE: Upcoming special dinner
Just added to our calendar a dinner for 500
people for next Thursday – a diabetics association
had to change locations (and they sound quite
demanding)! A couple of their people will be here in
3 days to meet with us, so be ready to present a menu
plan for approval.
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