Promoting Children’s Development through Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Project Based Learning (PBL) has evolved over the intervening years into a popular learning approach (Edens, 2000). PBL draws on constructivist and social constructivist principles of learning, advocating student-centered engagement with course content and peer-to-peer interactions as central to the learning process. Learning using this approach occurs through immersion in a specific problem that requires students to apply reasoning and research skills to its solution (Barrows & Tamblyn, 1980) while taking an active role and developing key knowledge and 21st-century skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, self-management, communication(Lau et al., 2017), self-confidence and independency (Ceylan & Aral, 2016). Moreover, PBL stimulates and cultivates better cognitive development for every child.
Target group: ECEC students or professionals (i.e. teachers, researchers, instructional coach, preschool leader, etc)
The program aims to promote the use of Project-Based Learning approach in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) to enhance the quality and effectiveness of educational practices in the sector. The primary objective is to help ECEC professionals in supporting the holistic development of children. Project-Based Learning is an educational approach that focuses on student-centered learning, where students collaborate and solve real-world problems through projects. By introducing this approach in ECEC, it is expected to increase children's engagement in learning and provide them with opportunities to develop various skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity. The program aims to disseminate the use of Project-Based Learning approach to ECEC professionals by providing them with training and resources. It is believed that this will enhance the quality of educational practices in the sector and enable ECEC professionals to better support the holistic development of children. In conclusion, the program seeks to improve the educational experience of children in ECEC by introducing innovative and effective teaching methods through Project-Based Learning approach.

The two main objectives of the program are, on the one hand, to expand the knowledge of the ECEC professionals about the PBL approach and on the other hand, to foster their competency on how to adopt PBS in ECEC classrooms. After the completion of the training sessions, the participants will be able to:

1. Recognize the importance of their role in the holistic development of the child in ECEC settings.

2. Understand how the PBL approach contributes to the holistic development of the children.

3. Understand the phases of the PBL approach in ECEC settings.

4. Adopt and implement the PBL approach in their classrooms.
Training Session 1: Holistic development in ECEC o What is the role of ECEC in the holistic development of the child? o How the holistic development is linked to the future academic development of the child? o What skills need to be promoted in ECEC in each developmental domain?

Training Session 2: Project-Based Learning in ECEC o What is the PBL approach? o What are the benefits of PBL in ECEC? o What are the phases of the PBL approach? o What strategic features are involved in those phases?

Training Session 3: Phase I “Planning” of Project-Based Learning in ECEC o What are the stages of PBL Phase I? o What practicum activities can be adopted in PBL Phase I?

Training Session 4: Phase II “Implementing” of Project-Based Learning in ECEC o What are the stages of PBL Phase II? o What practicum activities can be adopted in PBL Phase II?

Training Session 5: Phases III “Reflecting and Evaluating” of Project-Based Learning in ECEC o What are the stages of PBL Phase III? o What practicum activities can be adopted in PBL Phase III?

COURSE PACKAGES

BASIC

Course Package
450
  • Tuition fee and training material
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Welcome dinner
  • Administration costs
  • Coffee Breaks/ snacks
  • Cultural visit
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ALL IN ONE

Double Room Sharing
1040 Per Person
  • Tuition fee and training material
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Welcome dinner
  • Double room in a 3 or 4-star hotel (6 nights)
  • Full Board (5 days)
  • Airport transfer
  • Administration costs
  • Coffee Breaks/ snacks
  • Cultural visit

ALL IN ONE

Single room
1240
  • Tuition fee and training material
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Welcome dinner
  • Single room in a 3 or 4-star hotel (6 nights)
  • Full Board (5 days)
  • Airport transfer
  • Administration costs
  • Coffee Breaks/ snacks
  • Cultural visit