Project-based learning (PBL) refers to a particular instructional approach designed to aid students in developing certain skills using extended, authentic inquiry; collaborative methodology; technology; and real-time data to produce carefully designed products that may exist beyond the confines of a classroom. Educational research provides evidence that PBL can increase student motivation and achievement, promote authentic collaboration, and provide students a viable alternative to traditional, teacher-centered instruction. This entry provides information on the features of PBL and how PBL may affect student achievement and motivation in school and out of school. It then provides a summary of theories applicable to PBL and a discussion of the potential implications of PBL for youth organizations.

The primary characteristics of PBL include students investigating open-ended questions and applying knowledge ...

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