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Project-Based Learning as an Innovative COVID-19 Response

Authors: Zahir, Leena
Maheshwari-Kanoria, Janhvi
Keywords: Curriculum;Quality Education;Alternative Education;Capacity Development for EiE staff;EiE Program and Administrative Challenges;Community Participation & Resources (including child/youth participation);EiE Program/Project Monitoring and Evaluation;EiE Program/Project Design
Issue Date: Dec-2022
Publisher: Inter-agency for Education in Emergencies (INEE)
Citation: Zahir, Leena, and Janhvi Maheshwari-Kanoria. 2022. “Project-Based Learning as an Innovative COVID-19 Response.” Journal on Education in Emergencies 8 (3): 245-58.
Series/Report no.: Volume 8;Number 3
Abstract: The impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on learning has been acutely felt in underserved and low-income contexts, remote and rural settings, and education in emergencies settings, where most students lag behind age-appropriate milestones in learning and achievement (World Bank 2019). Digital remote learning methods were pervasive in the global education response to the pandemic, which left marginalized learners, most of whom were not digitally connected, at a disadvantage and exposed them to higher learning loss and higher dropout rates than their peers with digital access (Dorn et al. 2020). In this paper, we recommend project-based learning, a unique pedagogical approach that promotes relevant, holistic, student-centered learning and 21st-century academic skills. The innovation has had promising preliminary results among the digitally marginalized during COVID-19-related school closures. Some students participating in the proof-of-concept pilots experienced up to 28 percent growth in academic and nonacademic skills and reported satisfaction with the project-based learning resources of up to 98 percent, as well as a positive shift in their mindset toward learning. The initial success of the early-stage pilots in diverse geographic and education contexts indicates that the model has the potential to scale.
ISSN: 2518-6833
Rights: The Journal on Education in Emergencies, published by the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
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