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Author:Blumenfeld, Soloway, Marx, Krajcik, Guzdial, & Palincsar; Math Forum
Description: In this 1996 article, "Motivating project-based learning: Sustaining the doing, supporting the learning," Blumenfeld and her colleagues at the University of Michigan describe project-based learning and the benefits of using long-term projects as part of classroom instruction. The authors believe that projects have the potential to foster students' learning and classroom engagement by combining student interest with a variety of challenging, authentic problem-solving tasks. In their discussion of the essential components of project-based learning, the authors pay close attention to the design of projects with regard to classroom factors and teacher and student knowledge. After considering the possible challenges that face teachers using projects in their classrooms, the authors go on to describe how technology may be used as a support system by teachers and students involved in long-term projects. A geometry.pre-college newsgroup discussion.

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