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7th International CONCEIVE DESIGN IMPLEMENT OPERATE Conference (CDIO2011)

The Learning Science Foundation for Project Based Learning
Paper
Author:Robert Niewoehner <niewoehn@usna.edu> (US Naval Academy)
Tim Simpson <tws8@psu.edu> (Penn State Univ.)
Jean Koster <jean.koster@colorado.edu> (Univ. of Colorado)
Ed Crawley <crawley@mit.edu> (MIT)
Date: 2011-06-20     Track: Main     Session: 1
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054679
DOI:10.4122/1.1000054680

Our paper summarizes the principles of Ambrose's "How Learning Works" and describes how the best practices of project based learning instantiate the emerging scholarship of educational and cognitive psychology. Ambrose's principles suggest criteria by which we might identify best practices in contextual and project based learning. We're seeking to shift the arguments for contextual and project based learning from appeals to intuition to a sound foundation built from the teaching and learning sciences. We intend an active session exploring the application of these principles to the CDIO community's observations regarding what works in project based learning.