Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW) and Project-Based Learning (PBL) are both approaches to enrich student learning. Both AIW and PBL focus on providing rich content and instruction for ALL students. Moreover, as one of the 3 criteria for AIW presents, these approaches emphasize an approach to instruction that has value beyond school. Project-based learning is not just a method to increase student engagement with content; it prepares students for the type of work they will be doing outside of school both as students and as graduates.
Bruce King, Director of The AIW Institute, wrote about the connections between AIW and PBL in a blog post for the Buck Institute for Education (BIE). It’s refreshing to see the work being done by BIE, along with The AIW Institute, that expects students to apply knowledge to relevant problems.