The project method is a teaching method that requires the students to present in concrete form the results of information gathered about a concept, principle or innovation. The data can be organized and presented in the form of a Model, a dramatization or any visual illustration. The design will show an application of how the principle works. It is sometimes referred to as “self-directed study.” It can be an assignment agreed upon by both teacher and student. The project may be a task or a product.
- It is a teaching strategy that emphasizes “learning by doing.”
- Constructing projects develops the students’ manipulative skills.
- The planned design of the project tests the student’s originality in choosing the materials to be used. They become resourceful and innovative.
- It can be employed among students who are weak in oral. communications The finished product can serve as. evidence of learning achieved.
- The completed project adds to one’s s feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction, thus motivating students to continue constructing new projects in school and at home.
- It instills the values of initiative, industry and creativity.
- Working on a project in groups develop the spirit of cooperation and sharing of ideas.
- In addition to learning a concept, students become productive and enterprising.
Guidelines For Its Effective Use
- Assign the project to a student who is capable and interested.
- The student must be clear about the objectives of the project including the criteria that must be used in evaluating the finished project.
- The design of the project must be carefully checked before the student starts.
- The materials must be carefully selected as to suitability and durability to avoid wastage.
- There should be minimal supervision as soon as the construction is going on.
- Give recognition and simple awards for well-constructed projects to add to students’ feeling of confidence and accomplishment.
Outstanding projects could be displayed to serve as models.