Problem-based Learning The art of learning by doing
Use of projects as a teaching tool is gaining traction around the world and is creating a revolution in how children learn. Brain research and metacognitive research supports PBL as a powerful pedagogy to enable deep learning.
Doing PBL with integrity is a complex process. Often, children are engaged in projects at a recall level which does not involve creating, problem-solving or critical analysis.
Learning is messy, it involves trial and error, it takes many paths and is unique to each learner. When one looks at the skills needed to thrive today, tomorrow and even beyond that, the learning methodology needs to match the demands of the real world.
Knowing ‘curriculum content’ is not enough, learners need to be able to apply what they know in new and different situations, be able to create, think critically and apply complex reasoning to problem-solving. They need to learn to deal with failure and become truly resilient. These are the skills that hold premium in today’s world. These are the skills that will be the most vital skills in the world of the future.
At Vega, we emphasize the need to extend and apply learning and thinking. In the words of Larry Rosenstock (Vega mentor, CEO High Tech High USA, Harvard University USA) the real goal of education is to create new knowledge.
Our vision must be from the perspective of the child, as the school is the launchpad from where she realises her dreams.
Vasavadatta Sarkar Principal, Vega Schools
PBL @ VEGA
Actions they say, speak louder than words. We embrace that thought.
Here’s a look at some of the projects that learners at Vega have put together, learning step by step, under the guidance of our talented Learning Leaders.
If this doesn’t impress you, nothing will
21ST CENTURY SKILLS
Prepare your child for a career. Not just a degree
The 21st century is not just about what you know.
It is about what you do with what you know.
At Vega we subscribe to the fact that future work environments will demand a different skills set from young people. These skills include leadership, teamwork, strong communication skills, problem-solving, and positive work ethics, amongst many others.
As the world evolves and new skills define success in the decades to come, at Vega Schools, we have embedded these skills into our curriculum from Pre-nursery onward, to ensure that every Learner is prepared for life after education.
OPEN LEARNING SPACES
A school with no classrooms
Open Learning Hubs specifically designed for Problem-based Learning
Vega schools’ building and infrastructure was designed by FNI, USA (education architecture researchers and authors of ‘Blueprint for Tomorrow’ – Harvard University Press) bearing in mind its unique problem-based learning pedagogy.
Its circular shape ensures that there are no dark corners and its many brightly colored panels let in natural light while keeping out the heat.
There is a seamless fusion between work and play areas and a centralized air purification system which creates a comfortable learning environment.
We have replaced traditional classrooms with open learning hubs, individual quiet zones, large spaces for immersive learning and small hubs for individual assistance.
These architectural innovations not only create an optimal learning environment and enable ‘real-life learning’ but also help our learners actively imbibe life skills such as collaboration and teamwork.
The best companies in the world have made the shift towards open and collaborative learning spaces.
Research has established that schools also need to make the shift to open learning hubs in order to help develop 21st century skills in their learners.
Don’t ask why. Ask why not?
CURIOSITY IS INHERENT AMONG CHILDREN
We help them internalise it.
Curiosity is the cornerstone of innovation. The world is full of examples of people who went against the grain, challenging status quo resulting in pathbreaking and paradigm shifting discoveries and inventions.
Unfortunately, traditional schooling kills curiosity among children, teaching them to conform, blend in and never question the way things are, because ‘that’s how it has always been done’.
At Vega Schools we are changing that, by encouraging children to be curious and questioning, challenging the way things are done and learning, by personally experiencing the truth.
REAL WORLD THINKING
For real-world problems
Real-world problems pave the way for real world learning
The real world doesn’t rely on textbooks. In most cases the ability to find a solution rests more with the mindset and thinking of the person, rather than the rote knowledge they possess.
Entrepreneurial Thinking is the ability to look at any problem, with the intention of finding a solution. A constant process of gaining knowledge from different real world sources and combining them to address the issue.
At Vega, we inculcate Entrepreneurial Thinking as a part of our pedagogy. Because we firmly believe that our children can change the world. If we’d only let them.
PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING (PBL) FAQ
PBL is a teaching methodology that ensures that children imbibe the very skills that will be required to make them successful in the real world. It enables them to learn in ways that closely resemble how they will work in future businesses and jobs. This they achieve by identifying a problem in the real world and work collaboratively in groups to find solutions.
All inquiry-based learning maximizes learning through the use of practical skills and higher-level thinking. Whereas, PBL maximizes learning through investigation, explanation, and resolution of real and meaningful real-world problems.
PBL is assessed on the learner’s understanding of the concept on the 4 C’s- Communication, Critical thinking and Problem Solving, Collaboration and Creativity and Innovation.
Application of their knowledge, analysis and utilization of the data collected
The Problem-based Learning-Way is student-centric and has certain advantages:
- a) Helps develop a positive mindset toward solving problems.
- b) The process of collaborative problem solving develops skills that are critical for both academic success and their success in the wider world such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and various communication skills.