Project-Based Learning Method

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Antoine Toombs
Electrical Engineering Technology
Savannah State University

Morris Johnson
Electrical Engineering Technology
Savannah State University

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an investigative and practical method of solving and succinctly coming to a conclusion about scientific related topics. The objective of PBL has many implications, but the research on its behalf is used to represent a student’s ability to use their decision making skills, investigative skills, and teacher’s facilitation, without their direct guidance. The structure of Project-Based learning is a collaborative effort by students to organize their findings and exhaust all resources to understand the central concepts hands-on. A very important asset to understanding while incorporating PBL is time management. Time-management allows the student to work at a pace comfortable to them strengthening and honing their scientific research skills. As modern times evolve and we press towards a more advanced technological era, PBL will become more of an intricate factor in not only in classroom environment, but in society as well. Project-Based learning provides scientific culture in a classroom setting. The investigative process allows teachers to give guidance without relinquishing the answers because that would defeat the purpose of its effectiveness. With inquiries and future models organized consisting of PBL, the technological tools involved will create more practical involvement coming from real world technology, engagement of collaborative efforts, and the expansion of research found through inter-disciplinary sciences. This paper explores the benefits of PBL and looks at how the technology was implemented with the course curriculum of Data Acquisition Systems. With a wide array of interdisciplinary fields, Project- Based Learning will launch into the future and provide innovative advancements for all endeavors. INTRODUCTION

Project Based Learning (PBL) is a theory that was publicized from a philosophical proponent of John Dewey’s explanation of experimental explanation. Dewey a profound political philosopher studied and advocated school organization. Dewey advocated that education be based upon the quality of the experience. For an experience to be educational, Dewey believed that certain parameters had to be met, the most important of which is continuity and interaction. Experimental education serves as an umbrella for linking these diverse practices in a coherent whole; a wholeness that masks deep and significant differences between incompatible systems of thought [1]. The existence of Project-Based Learning was a transformation from Dewey’s theory that eradicated traditional structure to create an experimental one. PBL shifts away from teacher directed to a more pupil centered learning activities that focus on real world issues and practices. Characteristics of PBL are built on inquiry strategies that foster natural curiosity of real issues and concerns affecting the lives of the pupil and focus on developing the skills that enable pupils to rely on strategies to resolve complex problems encountered by daily living. Another important benefit of PBL is that it aims to develop many of the skills required by 21st Century employers, including the ability to work well with others, be thoughtful and reflective in decision- making, take initiative, and solve complex problems [2]. In project-based science, for example, emphasis is placed on a driving question to guide an investigation. In teams, the class performs similar experiments and collects data to help answer the driving question, and the students help determine how the data is analyzed, what it means and how the data will be presented. This inquiry process takes considerably amounts of time and requires students to work well with each other, but the process is representative of authentic...
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