Capstone/Dissertation Title

Using project-based learning to engage learners

Term

2011

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone is a study of the benefits and challenges of Project-Based Learning (PBL). Many high school students feel disenfranchised and bored at school. PBL is an instructional practice that allows student to have some voice in their learning. It provides a vehicle for teachers to better engage and motivate students. Through PBL, students can learn subject area content, while incorporating their interests, and the attainment of important 21st Century Skills simultaneously. The author uses reflection on his own personal experience in high school and as a teacher in an alternative setting to illustrate the desire to alter his trade and to create authentic PBL curriculum. This capstone also provides a guide for developing a PBL unit at a secondary level.

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