"Projects" vs. Project Based Learning

What is the difference? Aren't they really the same thing?

Not at all...


Projects done in school are usually the result of learning students have done. The typical approach is to learn about a topic through readings, worksheets, direct teacher instruction, then to create a project that demonstrates the learning that has occurred through the unit.


Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning is an approach that guides the learning, through driving questions and student inquiry, to uncover or discover the information needed to answer a question, solve a problem/mystery, or invent/create something new.

In Project Based Learning, the project is not simply the visible result or culmination of the learning, but rather the cause of the learning.