Project-Based Learning Theory

By: Brooke Hawkins
What is Project-Based Learning? Project-Based Learning is an individual or group activity that goes on over a period of time, resulting in a product, presentation, or performance. It typically has a time line and milestones, and other aspects of formative evaluation as the project proceeds.

What are some of the benefits of Project-Based Learning?
  • Offers multiple ways for students to participate and to demonstrate their knowledge.
  • Accommodates different kinds of intelligence.
  • Shifts students away from doing only what they typically do.
  • Encourages the mastery of technological tools.
  • Serves as a medium to involve students who don't usually participate
  • Helps students develop a variety of social skills relating to group work and negotiation

Given below are some examples of how Project-Based Learning can be used in the classroom:
1. Webquests, “an inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the internet, optionally supplemented with videoconferencing”

2. Group presentations (click on the links below for examples)

Click on the links below to view research papers on the Project-Based Learning Theory:

Click on the links below to view other resources on the theory:

Education. (n.d.). USA Today. Retrieved July 2, 2009, from

Problem-Based Learning and Project-Based Learning. (n.d.). Retrieved July 2, 2009, from

What is Project-Based Learning? (n.d.). PBL. Retrieved July 2, 2009, from Ecole Whitehorse Elementary Web site:

Wolff, S. J., Ed.D. (n.d.). Design Features of the Physical Learning Environment for Collaborative, Project-Based Learning at The Community College Level. Retrieved June 10, 2009, from