Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Third International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Project-Based and Self Directed Learning
Katja Alexandra Davidoff, Carol Piñeiro

Last modified: 08-06-2017


This article discusses the benefits of project-based and self-directed learning to develop competency in utilizing a second language and working collaboratively. The background premise of these modes of learning is provided, demonstrating that they work well for differentiated levels and language skills and improve student competence. Some of the areas examined are intercultural and scientific, ones that require the use of specific language in context. In addition, the concept of creating projects that increase student investment and motivation to make learning more relevant is juxtaposed with a student’s competency in an area after having participated in traditional approaches to learning. The overall benefit of the use of project-based and self-directed learning is that it allows the student to develop a higher skill set and greater engagement with the subject matter, producing better language and content outcomes.

Keywords: Project-based learning; self-directed learning; intercultural communication; STEM; third space.

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