The Project Approach               

The Project Approach shares common features of curriculum design with what are considered effective practices in gifted education:

  • Emphasis on challenging and intellectually engaging material.
  • Role of teacher as facilitator of learning.
  • Attention to students' interests and learning styles.
  • Means of exhibiting strengths and talents of individuals.
  • Introduction to inquiry in various fields of study (e.g., acting as young investigators in a particular field).
  • Assumed high expectations and capability of students.
  • Authentic learning and "real audiences."

For more information about the Project Approach, see the following:

The Project Approach — Dr. Lilian G. Katz, University of Illinois

Project Approach Home Page — Dr. Sylvia Chard, University of Alberta

Issues in Selecting Topics for Projects — Lilian G. Katz and Sylvia C. Chard

ERIC/EECE Digests on topics related to the Project Approach

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