Problem- and Project-Based Learning Involving Collaboration.
Wade, Mary J.
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As the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been adopted across the nation, an emphasis on the importance of students being college and career ready has become more relevant. Problem- and project-based learning (PBL) is an appropriate way to help students develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. These skills are critical in both college and in the 21st century workplace. Several levels of Blooms Taxonomy are also covered through the implementation of PBL. This research sought to determine if, when teacher collaboration with school librarians or instructional coaches is involved, PBL lessons are attempted more frequently. Interviews with instructional coaches, along with surveys with school librarians, were conducted to find ways that PBL lessons were being used effectively. The findings indicate that collaboration with a school librarian or instructional coach is an effective way to increase the number of PBL lessons planned and implemented.