Teaching M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Farrington, Karin

Second Reader

Chuck Strand;


Keeping students engaged and motivated is a universal challenge faced by teachers of all grades and ability levels. This thesis focuses on the impact that Project-Based Learning (PBL) has on student motivation and preparedness for life after school (21st century skills). Project-Based Learning is a teaching technique, or strategy, where students get to create a project of their own. Research has shown that students' motivation, and most importantly intrinsic motivation, can be significantly increased through the implementation of project-based learning. Students of all ages thrive on the ability to design their own experience for learning. Project-Based Learning also provided a vehicle for students to gain valuable life skills such as critical thinking and collaboration. This thesis determines that Project-Based Learning increases student motivation and preparedness for life through authentic, hands-on learning experiences.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis