Study Project / Project Learning
Study project / project-based learning is a way of teaching and learning where the study work is done in a project. The method is common among science, art and design teaching but can be used in many other topics as well.
In a study project / project-based learning, there are several stages that are implemented in a certain sequence. The six steps carried out are:
1. Defining the project
- What will be studied in the project?
- What are the expected results of the project?
- What are the stages of the project?
- What kind of resources – time, space, equipment and people - are needed?
- What will be the artefacts communicating the results of the preoject?
- How will the results of the study work be presented?
2. Generating ideas
- What are the driving questions related to the main topic?
- How will we get answers to these questions?
- What do we want to say with our project?
2. Identify Work and planning the project
- What is already available ? (previous knowledge, existing elements)
- What has to be done ? (tasks)
- How will it be done ?
- Which skills are available in the group ?
- How to acquire missing resources or skills (learning objectives or research of resource)
- Planification of tasks (deadlines) ?
- Assignation to participants
3. Hands-on work to gain the results or products planned
- Research and study work
- Design and production of the artefacts
4. Disseminating and communicating the results of the project
- Presenting the artefacts to each other and to a wider community
5. Evaluating the results of the project
- What did we learn?
- What was good and what was bad in the process?
- How could we do the same project next time better?