Motivating Project-Based Learning: Sustaining the Doing, Supporting the Learning

Phyllis C. Blumenfeld, Elliot Soloway, Ronald W. Marx, Joseph S. Krajcik, Mark Guzdial, Annemarie Palincsar

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Project-based learning is a comprehensive approach to classroom teaching and learning that is designed to engage students in investigation of authentic problems. In this article, we present an argument for why projects have the potential to help people learn; indicate factors in project design that affect motivation and thought; examine difficulties that students and teachers may encounter with projects; and describe how technology can support students and teachers as they work on projects, so that motivation and thought are sustained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-398
Number of pages30
JournalEducational Psychologist
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jun 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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