Personalized Learning & PBL Category 8

Here is a collection of articles written on the EdVisions model and network schools.

Personalized Learning and Project Based Learning articles

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Category 8: Experience-based learning (trips, field study, internships, etc.).

Das, S. (2015). Using museum exhibits: An innovation in experiential learning. College Teaching63(2), 72.

Museum exhibits can be a tool in experiential learning. While instructors have documented various methods of experiential learning, they have not sufficiently explored such learning from museum exhibits. Museum researchers, however, have long found a satisfying cognitive component to museum visits. This paper narrates the author's design to capture the cognitive experience at museums through integrating two Smithsonian exhibits with introductory Microeconomics and Macroeconomics classes in a two-year college. Cognitive gains made by students during the structured museum visit were reinforced with appropriate readings and assignments. The teaching method outlined is a significant addition to an experiential economist's toolkit. This method, however, can be used in any discipline. Apart from introducing students to a resource for lifelong learning, the inclusion of museum exhibits to academic teaching allows instructors to move away from chalk and talk, increase student engagement, increase content-relevance, provide in-depth coverage of certain areas and improve proficiencies. In a nutshell, the use of museum exhibits improves the overall quality of a course.

Goldberg, A. (2015). Just do itCincinnati Magazine49(1), 112.

The article focuses on the advantages of experiential learning. The teachers of The Seven Hills School encourage such learning. They help to develop critical thinking skills and communicative skills which pave the way to become leaders and entrepreneurs.

Mckenzie, M. (2013). Rescuing education: The rise of experiential learningIndependent School72(3), 24.

The article examines the benefits of experiential learning. According to the author, experiential education involves learning through direct experience in non-traditional settings that is also unrelated to academic courses, practices, or discourse. Information is provided on the method's history, with references to educator John Dewey, educational theorist David Kolb, and educator Kurt Hahn. Suggestions on implementing experiential learning in private schools are included.

Mierke, S. (2013). Extending the classroomIndependent School72(3), 62.

The article discusses the increasing trend among U.S. private schools to expand educational opportunities presented to students through experiential education and extension programs, particularly addressing efforts to improve urban development. It addresses the turnaround at the Hawken School in Cleveland, Ohio, changing a school's pedagogical approach, and student-directed projects.

Morales, H. (2010). Ignite zeal for stem learningTechniques: Connecting Education & Careers85(3), 22.

The article focuses on developing the enthusiasm of students on incorporating business skills into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects with internships to the learning experience. The principle was used by the School of Science and Technology magnet high school at Station High School in Portland, Oregon. Moreover, business skill encourage in student includes self-directed projects, multidisciplinary projects, and making public presentation.

Payne, K., & Edwards, B. (2010). Service learning enhances education for young adolescentsPhi Delta Kappan91(5), 27.

The article discusses how service learning can improve education for middle school students. The authors comment on how middle school experiences can lead students to drop out of high school and note that many students drop out due to lack of engagement with classes. They suggest service learning can change student attitudes regarding education by offering lessons that correspond with their development, emphasize active learning and peer relations and connect curriculum content with real-world situations. Service learning also promotes student and school relationships with communities and student empowerment.