Inquiry is fundamental to project-based learning as a way to create a unique learning experience that involves identifying a problem to solve or a question to answer through a project.
Project-based learning often begins with the introduction of phenomena or a broad-sweeping guiding question that sparks student questions. The questions lead to findings, skill practice, and knowledge building that guide the whole experience. This includes the problem definition, the selection of the project, and sharing the results of the project. Unlike other experiential learning experiences, in project-based learning, the project and project results are not predetermined by the educator.
The following tools will help to:
- Clarify the difference between a project and project-based learning
- Provide a framework to engage your students in a project-based learning experience
Project- Based Learning Resources: PBL White Paper