Educational research supports the use of progressive principles and project and problem-based learning in the classroom. There are many resources for this type of educational philosophy available, and we have listed a few links here that can start you on your path to learning more about how different educational environments utilize and extend learning for children.
Take a Deeper Look at Assessment for Understanding
This article looks at the value of performance assessments versus standardized testing.
Powerful Learning: Studies Show Deep Understanding Derives from Collaborative Methods
Linda Darling-Hammond, a professor at Stanford University, shares important research on the value of collaborative learning for social, emotional and academic development.
Why Teach with Project Learning? Providing Students With a Well-Rounded Classroom Experience
A good overview of project-based learning.
PBL Research Summary: Studies Validate Project-Based Learning
Research shows the efficacy of an authentic form of education that expects students to immerse themselves in a topic and meaningfully demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge.
The Collaborative Classroom: An Interview with Linda Darling-Hammond
An interview with Linda Darling-Hammond about the importance of social and emotional learning for teaching the whole child.