What research supports project-based learning?
PBL is not a new teaching and learning methodology: the research is vast in support of the impact of PBL in a number of key areas:
• developing not only knowledge and skills, but important capabilities including critical and creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration;
• developing students’ ability to apply their knowledge rather than learning simply for the test;
• developing students’ ability to transfer their knowledge and skills from one context to another;
• developing important life skills such as independent learning skills and self-regulation.
PBL is increasingly a methodology that is used at a tertiary level to ensure that students are work-ready.