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CREATIVITY AND PROJECT BASED LEARNING

Mon 11 Nov 2013 18:28:52 | 0 comments
Creativity is an unseen process, which is usually defined in terms of its results. Creativity varies from person to person. There is a  certain amount of creativity in all, but some are more creative than the others. Some children have something special which is not seen in everybody. These children think differently, generate original ideas, make quick hypothesis and they come out with something unique as a solution. Creativity can be enhanced to a large extend by brain storming. Brainstorming is a technique that can be used to solve a problem. Brainstorming is largely used in Project Based Learning (PBL).

Project based learning is a method that help students develop research skills by spending considerable time and effort in a planned manner on a particular topic. It enhances student’s creativity and originality. In project based learning, the learning process consists of steps leading to the creation of new knowledge and its application in different environments. Encouraging creative thinking in students implies increasing their ability to innovate, to think of new solutions to old problems and to approach their work creatively. The advantage to the child is that he gets full satisfaction and happiness as well as it boots his confidence for coming out with something unique. The purpose of education is futile if it does not create students who create new knowledge. Learning to learn leads to understanding and development of abilities. The child should be prepared to face tough situations and make tough decisions.

In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking). 

Research studies have demonstrated that PBL can:

  • be more effective than traditional instruction in increasing academic achievement on annual state-administered assessment tests.

   • be more effective than traditional instruction for long-term retention, skill development and satisfaction of students and teachers

   • be more effective than traditional instruction for preparing students to integrate and explain concepts.

   • improve students’ mastery of 21st-century skills.

  • be especially effective with lower-achieving students.

PBL can be the catalyst for an engaging learning experience and create a context for a powerful learning community focused on achievement, self-mastery, and contribution to the community. I have used PBL as a key instruction technique to teach my students 21st century skills. 


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