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Project-Based Curriculum

  • By: Brian D. Schultz
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Project-based curriculum represents an ideological framework and a practical approach to how classroom inquiry may be enacted. Within project-based curricula, students engage in studying authentic problems or issues centered on a particular project, theme, or idea. Often the term project-based curricula is used interchangeably with problem-based curricula, especially when classroom projects focuses on solving authentic problems. The nexus for the project may be suggested by a teacher, but the planning and execution of contingent activities are predominantly conducted by students working individually and cooperatively over many days, weeks, or even months. This type of curricular method is inquiry-based, outcome-oriented, and associated with conducting curriculum in real-world contexts that are related to naturalistic endeavors rather than focusing on curriculum that is relegated to book or rote ...

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