What is Project Based Learning?

When students engage in quality projects, they develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions that serve them in the moment and in the long term. Unfortunately, not all projects live up to their potential. Sometimes the problem lies in the design process. It’s easy to jump directly into planning the activities students will engage in without addressing important elements that will affect the overall quality of the project.

With more intentional planning, we can design projects that get at the universal themes that have explicit value to our students and to others. We can design projects to be rigorous, so students’ actions mirror the efforts of accomplished adults. They will feel the burn as they learn and build up their fitness for learning challenges to come.

In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student “voice and choice,” rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations.

 

 

Sources:

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/07/how-to-trigger-students-inquiry-through-projects/

A glimpse into the labour market in Latin America

The shortage of decent work in LATAM —one of the hallmarks of the region’s labour markets— erodes current and future well-being for society as a whole. Young people face specific hurdles as they look for productive employment, and labour indicators (such as income, unemployment and job security) are significantly worse for their group than for adults. Young people are also a heterogeneous group: within each age subcategory, their circumstances vary widely by sex, educational level and socioeconomic, ethnic and geographical background. To a certain extent, deprivation is transferred intergenerationally throughout the life cycle, limiting young people’s employment trajectory and, ultimately, forming a barrier to the sustained development of society. Youth employment is therefore a strategic item on the public policy agenda.