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Project-Based Learning for Academically-Able Students

  • Joseph C. L. Tan
  • Anne Chapman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Joseph C. L. Tan, Anne Chapman
    Pages 1-12
  3. Joseph C. L. Tan, Anne Chapman
    Pages 13-33
  4. Joseph C. L. Tan, Anne Chapman
    Pages 35-55
  5. Joseph C. L. Tan, Anne Chapman
    Pages 57-72
  6. Joseph C. L. Tan, Anne Chapman
    Pages 73-106
  7. Joseph C. L. Tan, Anne Chapman
    Pages 107-128
  8. Joseph C. L. Tan, Anne Chapman
    Pages 129-139
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 141-154

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the dynamic approach to student-centred learning known as project-based learning, or project work. It addresses both the concepts and practical application of project-based learning to enhance teaching and learning. It describes empirical case study research into the impact of research-based project work on independent learning for academically-able secondary school students at Hwa Chong Institution, a premier independent school in Singapore. The research investigated how students dealt with an innovative project-based learning curriculum built on a social constructivist approach designed to foster independent learning attitudes. The students had to research and initiate their own projects, and see through the entire process with guidance from their teacher mentors. The case study findings give rich insights into student perspectives and experiences as they engage in projects and respond to real-life challenges and problems. A new theory of project-based learning is presented in the form of theoretical propositions. The research has implications for the professional development of teachers as project work mentors to help prepare their students to be ‘future-proof’ in dealing with 21st century study, work and social challenges with confidence. The book highlights compelling reasons for schools to include some form of research-based project work within their curricula, thereby allowing students to engage in collaborative, authentic research.



Keywords

project-based learning project work independent learning social constructivism collaborative learning

Authors and affiliations

  • Joseph C. L. Tan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Anne Chapman
    • 3
  1. 1.Hwa Chong InstitutionSingapore
  2. 2.University of Western AustraliaAustralia
  3. 3.University of Western AustraliaAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-6300-732-0
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-732-0
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