Use of projects as a teaching tool is gaining traction around the world and is creating a revolution in how children learn. Brain research and metacognitive research supports PBL as a powerful pedagogy to enable deep learning.
Doing PBL with integrity is a complex process. Often, children are engaged in projects at a recall level which does not involve creating, problem solving or critical analysis.
Learning is messy, it involves trial and error, it takes many paths and is unique to each learner. When one looks at the skills needed to thrive today, tomorrow and even beyond that, the learning methodology needs to match the demands of the real world.
Knowing ‘curriculum content’ is not enough, learners need to be able to apply what they know in new and different situations, be able to create, think critically and apply complex reasoning to problem-solve. They need to learn to deal with failure and become truly resilient. These are the skills that hold premium in today’s world. These are the skills that will be the most vital skills in the world of the future.
At Vega, we emphasise on the need to extend and apply learning and thinking. In the words of Larry Rosenstock (Vega mentor, CEO High Tech High USA, Harvard University USA) the real goal of education is to create new knowledge.