As education continues to progress and widens its scope to all types of learners, the method of teaching also expands to possibly fill-in all the gaps that yesterday type of education cannot do. Some of the passive components of conventional and traditional mode of teaching are no longer effective in equipping the students in the challenges and issues rising from the modern time we are living in. Memorization, recitation, identification and similar activities are not enough to train learners in executing tasks that require sound judgement skills, self-management, problem solving, research and validation, utilizing and maximizing technology, and information synthesizing.

According to George Lucas Educational Foundation, 21st century skills that are needed by the present generation of learners are the following:

  1. Personal and social responsibility
  2. Planning, critical thinking, reasoning, and creativity
  3. Strong communication skills, both for interpersonal and presentation needs
  4. Cross-cultural understanding
  5. Visualizing and decision making
  6. Knowing how and when to use technology and choosing the most appropriate tool for the task

And this is where Project-based learning or PBL will come in. PBL supports the students in developing skills in a society where communication, knowledge and ability to maximize technology and resources are highly regarded and appreciated. Learning that are founded with theories and fused with actual application for the learners to achieve a heightened level of learning traditional teaching can’t provide.

Here are the benefits of PBL or authentic learning (learning based on experience and actual application of the theories, principles and terms) to the students according to Project Foundry:

  1. Students have greater control over what and how they will learn
  2. Develop sense of educational ownership through discipline and self-management
  3. They can acquire complex and real-world skills needed to progress in the modern world
  4. Establish regular dialogue with teachers instead of just being an audience
  5. Hands-on learning
  6. Students are able to utilize different media and technology for exploration and value-add learning

References:

Edutopia. 2007. Why is Project-Based Learning Important. Retrieved at http://www.edutopia.org/project-based-learning-guide-importance on February 3, 2015

Project Foundry. PBL: The Better Way to Learn. Retrieved at http://projectfoundry.org/project-based-learning-explained/why-project-based-learning.html on February 3, 2015

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