Designing Effective Projects : Characteristics of Projects
Benefits of Project-Based Learning


Resources, Research, and References

Autodesk Foundation*
In a comprehensive synthesis, John W. Thomas, Ph.D., examines the research base for project-based learning. Publisher Autodesk Foundation also sponsors the PBL network and publishes PBL success stories.
Buck Institute for Education*
Buck Institute offers training and a handbook to guide middle school and high school teachers in incorporating project-based learning into the curriculum. The Web site also includes resources and research on PBL effectiveness.

George Lucas Educational Foundation*
GLEF provides a summary of project-based learning research, along with a gallery of project examples (in print and video versions).
The Multimedia Project: Project-Based Learning with Multimedia*
Challenge 2000 Multimedia Project, federally funded project which ran from 1996-2001, is described in detail and explained in the larger context of a systemic school reform initiative in Silicon Valley. Site includes array of resources, including implementation strategies, award-winning project examples, and evaluation published by SRI.

National Foundation for the Improvement of Education* (PDF; 22 pages)
Connecting the Bits (2000) includes a chapter on "Project-Based Learning and Information Technologies."

The Project Approach*
Maintained by Sylvia Chard, professor at University of Alberta and co-author of Engaging Children's Minds: The Project Approach (2000). [NOTE: Web site also available as Chinese version]

Boaler, J. (1999, March 31). Mathematics for the moment, or the millennium? Education Week.

Bransford, J., Brown, A., & Cocking, R. (2000). How people learn: Brain, mind, experience, and school. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Goodrich, H. A. (1997). Understanding rubrics. Educational Leadership,54(4).*

George Lucas Educational Foundation. (2001, November 1). Project-based learning research. Edutopia.*

Intel® Teach to the Future. (2003). Project-based classroom: Bridging the gap between education and technology. Training materials for regional and master trainers. 

Jarrett, D. (1997). Inquiry strategies for science and mathematics learning. Portland, OR: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.*. (PDF; 42 pages)

Lewin, Larry, Betty Jean Shoemaker (1998). Great performances: Creating classroom-based assessment tasks. Virginia: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Marzano, Robert J, Jay McTighe, Debra J. Pickering (1993). Assessing student outcomes: Performance assessment using the dimensions of learning. Virginia: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

National Research Council. (1996). National science education standards. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Railsback, J. (2002). Project-based instruction: Creating excitement for learning. Portland, OR: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.*

SRI International. (2000, January). Silicon valley challenge 2000: Year 4 Report. San Jose, CA: Joint Venture, Silicon Valley Network.*

Thomas, J.W. (1998). Project-based learning: Overview. Novato, CA: Buck Institute for Education.

Thomas, J.W. (2000). A review of research on project-based learning. San Rafael, CA: Autodesk.*

Wiggins, G. & McTighe, J. (2001). Understanding by design. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Wiggins, G. & McTighe, J. (2004). Understanding by design professional development workbook. Virginia: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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