Fall 12-13-2016



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Margot Galt

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Kathryn Peterson

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Ned W. Nelson Jr.


The research question addressed in this project was, how is student engagement affected through Project-Based Learning in an eleventh grade social studies classroom? It documents one teacher’s ability to incorporate Project-Based Learning in an urban high school social studies classroom. It will show that with the use of Project-Based Learning student engagement does increase. Students are pushed to critically think, problem solve, investigate, and collaborate. The author documents the details of a World War II Project-Based Learning unit and uses related research literature to construct meaning and validate the study. She looks into the different teaching strategies and scaffolding to help support her students of color. She also documents the success and struggles while reflecting on her growth as an educator she concludes that ProjectBased Learning is crucial in engaging our students of the 21st Century.

Research Methodology

Action Research


Curriculum, Grades/ Student Performance, Multicultural Education, Teachers/ Teaching, Engagement

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Education Commons