Co-Design

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About the author:
Bobby Shaddox earned his Bachelor in Arts degree from San Diego State University. He worked as a professional graphic designer for five years. In 2004, he moved to Mexico to learn Spanish and explore teaching at the University of Guanajuato. He returned home one year later inspired to pursue a career in public education. Shaddox worked at High Tech Middle School, in San Diego, California for six years, where he engaged his students in a project-based curriculum. He received his Master of Education degree from High Tech High's Graduate School of Education.

Co-Design
 

A Democratic Approach to Project-Based Learning

Authored by Bobby Shaddox
Edition: 1

What if teachers & students co-designed their learning around students' questions about the world and themselves? This study describes what happened when Bobby Shaddox and his teaching partner, Allie Wong, designed a project with their team of 56 sixth grade students at High Tech Middle School in San Diego, California. They extended an approach pioneered by James Beane to a project-based learning environment and established a classroom community based on democratic values and decision-making. As they shared control in the classroom and empowered students to pursue their questions, they saw an increase in the students' sense of independent inquiry, spirit of collaboration and content mastery. These findings indicate that inviting students into the design of their learning can be a way to achieve deeper engagement, significant learning and prepare students to play active roles in a democratic society.


Publication Date:
2013-06-06
ISBN/EAN13:
1490380159 / 9781490380155
Page Count:
158
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
7.5" x 9.25"
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
Education / Research




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