Developing learning progressions for project-based learning in a fifth grade classroom
The focus of this project was the development of learning progressions for the Minnesota State Standards in Science for fifth grade. As the project progressed, the author expanded her focus to using the learning progressions as a tool for implementing project-based learning in her classroom. This study included several years of research and work to develop learning progressions with strong influence from Margaret Heritage and more recently the book High-Impact Instruction by Jim Knight. The work of the Buck Institute is shown to be influential in understanding the why the initial classroom trial with project-based learning was unsuccessful. The author concludes that while there is not currently a strong body of research about the effectiveness of learning progressions because they have not yet been the subject of a great deal of research, the act of creating them is itself a valuable experience.
Hoffmann-Thompson, Kathryn, "Developing learning progressions for project-based learning in a fifth grade classroom" (2013). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 1089.