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Evidence of PBL Effectiveness Articles

These articles provide important information about deeper learning, PBL and 21st Century Skills. Alone or in  combination, Professional Learning Communities will benefit by discussing these articles. For a discussion protocol, go to Resources/Free Templates and select a collegial critique protocol to guide your inquiry.

What Evidence of Effectiveness Does Research Provide?

AIR Study of Deeper Learning Schools. (2014) New! This important three-part study of 20 secondary schools compares the impact of deeper learning instruction between schools that “do” and those that “don’t”. This is a seminal study funded by the Hewlett Foundation with results confirming what advocates of deeper learning approaches have hypothesized. Available at http://www.air.org/deeperlearning .

Assessment of 21st Century Skills.   The Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills project was created by Cisco, Intel and Microsoft and launched at the Learning and Technology World Forum 2009 in London. During 2009, the project operated with five Working Groups, each of which produced a White Paper. These papers will be fully edited into a volume published electronically on the project website ().

Introduction: Summarizing Findings and Looking Ahead to a New Generation of PBL Research Ravitz, J. (2008) Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, 3(1), 4-11. The most recent meta-analysis of project based learning with full reference to important PBL studies. http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/ijpbl/vol3/iss1/2/

Will You Want To Hire Your Own Kids? (Will Anyone Else?) Stewert, S. (2009) One of the most forthcoming articles from the business community gives a global perspective on international competition and hypotheses about America’s loss of stature via “obsolete” instruction and curriculum. Conference Board Report. A basic ;must read!.   http://www.conference board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=1685

Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century  Pellegrino, James and Hilton, Margaret L. eds. (July 2012). An intense and comprehensive introduction to the concept of deep learning as associated with 21s Century skills: definitions, research and recommendations for action. Provided under the auspices of the National Research Council . http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13398

Framework of Cross Curricular Problem Solving 2012. Program for International Student Assessment
Outlines the processes, assessment methods and research on problem solving outside mathematics. Fundamental for understanding the paradigm shift in 21st Century instruction. Related framework on mathematical problem solving. http:www.oecd.org

Background Commentary

Assessment Driving Education Transformation Lemke, C. (2011)Intel Corp. June 2102. An essential study of the best use of assessment: transforming education for the 21st Century. http://metiri.com/portfolio/assessment_education_transformation/

Strategies to Help Readers Make Meaning Through Inferences South Dakota ESA Regions 6 and 7. Grades 4 – 12. Accessed June, 2012. A great article with multiple tactics to bolster student’s inference making skill. A host of other on-line links focus on this important thinking skill. http://www.community.thinkfinity.org/servlet/…1…/Making%20Inferences.pdf.

P21 Blogazine Short Takes

Monthly Themes in this innovative professional journal investigate key 21st Century and Deeper Learning topics. Each issue focuses on a single theme divided by “big ideas”, research, school exemplars, exemplary classroom practice and student views. Access at  www.p21.org/blogazine and use for a short professional development action plan.

These short articles (1200 words) provide important information about deeper learning, PBL and 21st Century Skills. Alone or in combination, Professional Learning Communities will benefit by discussing these articles. For a discussion protocol, go to Resources/Free Templates and select a collegial critique protocol to guide your inquiry or connect to the P21 Action Learning Projects site to earn Connected Educators’ badges. Material for self-directed and PLC professional learning can be found by theme topics in the P21 Blogazine author and subject archives.

2014 Short Take Themes:
Brain Based Research and Deeper Learning
Critical Thinking (two issues)
Creative Thinking
Digital Tools
Global Communication and Collaboration
Transforming Schools for Deeper Learning

Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms
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