Education innovation can be trendy rather than purposeful, but one popular and productive initiative focuses the student on investigating new ideas themselves and reporting on their findings. Such project-based learning has the advantage of being stimulated by the student’s own interests, whereby they can explore a topic’s overview then follow paths that most intrigue them. If learning tasks are split amongst a class, students can benefit from the experience of teaching their peers, thereby solidifying their understanding.
The Extended Project Qualification and the IB Extended Essay are perfect vehicles for this personalised learning path, whilst the recommended teaching methods for BTEC courses includes individualised research projects. This may be a pedagogical trend that is here to stay.
@DrDawnPhD Teacher of Economics, Business Studies, and EPQ – Bromsgrove, Worcestershire