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American Journal of Educational Research. 2017, 5(4), 428-433
DOI: 10.12691/education-5-4-11
Open AccessLiterature Review

What does Project-based Learning (PBL) Look like in the Mathematics Classroom?

Lorraine A. Jacques1,

1Eugene T. Moore College of Education, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA

Pub. Date: April 25, 2017

Cite this paper:
Lorraine A. Jacques. What does Project-based Learning (PBL) Look like in the Mathematics Classroom?. American Journal of Educational Research. 2017; 5(4):428-433. doi: 10.12691/education-5-4-11

Abstract

This literature analysis addresses two issues concerning project-based learning (PBL) in the mathematics classroom: What it “looks like” and what its effectiveness in teaching skills. Articles addressing PBL in K-20 mathematics education were examined to determine what other discipline(s) the project included, what math topic(s) each addressed, and whether it demonstrated gains in students’ mathematical skills. Results show that about half of the projects applied engineering with the mathematics. Gains in achievement were mixed and transferred to standardized or state assessments only when PBL was a core component of a school’s curriculum. The lack of available research, however, discourages generalizations.

Keywords:
project-based learning (PBL) mathematics education

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