Capstone Project Title
Shelley Orr and Betsy Parrish
Research has shown that students who are chronically absent from school in the elementary years are far more likely to underperform academically, struggle socially and drop out of high school. Project based learning (PBL) is a process in which students and teachers engage in creation, discussion, and reflection. Teachers guide while students inquire independently and with peers. Learning is acquired through questioning, choice and action (Helle et al., 2006). Project based learning provides the opportunity for teachers to integrate social studies, science, reading, writing, math, and social and emotional skills over several weeks, ultimately creating a project that represents the learning. This project is an 11-lesson unit for second grade social studies developed under Duke’s 2015 eight gold standard elements of project based learning. The unit offers a solution for my capstone question, “How can students with chronic absence learn through Project Based Learning”? This unit engages chronically absent students through oral reflection before each new lesson and the unit offers logical entry points for engaging chronically absent students with the project. The goal of this capstone is to offer absent students a glance at the previous learning through other students’ artifacts and to offer highly engaging work, enticing absent students to attend school more often.
Absent, absenteeism, project based learning
Lynch, Amy, "Project Based Learning for Chronically Absent Students" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 884.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects