Resources, Research, and References
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
http://www.nfie.org/publications/ctb5.pdf* (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). http://www.middleweb.com/rubricsHG.html*
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. http://www.nwrel.org/msec/images/resources/justgood/05.97.pdf*. (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. http://www.nwrel.org/request/2002aug/index.html*
SRI International. (2000, January). Silicon valley challenge 2000: Year 4 Report. San Jose, CA: Joint Venture, Silicon Valley Network. http://pblmm.k12.ca.us/sri/Reports.htm*
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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