Integrated Project Approach
“What I hear, I forget; what I see, I remember; what I do, I understand.”
The use of projects and the rationale behind project work is to extend and integrate learning. An important aspect of this is also comprehensive and integrated learning. This approach aims to reduce the burden of rote learning and pressure of work. In this context the concept of group project work or an integrated project approach helps teachers not only facilitate learning but also hone social and communication skills. The Integrated Project Approach takes the concept a step further. Localised topics are chosen such as agriculture, community, historical places, etc. to generate additional interest in the students. All aspects of a topic are brainstormed and the class looks at the topic in a holistic way enabling cross curriculum connectivity. A brain storming as shown in the sample project framework will set out guidelines for both students and teachers. By preferring group or integrated project work the individual is saved the burden of working on different projects for different subjects. In a Group Project, every student is assigned a task and is a very important cog in the wheel to help complete the project successfully. The student is recognized as an important member and is entrusted with an assignment. The student can also have a preference or choice of role. This shores up confidence and also helps with team building and hones values such as loyalty. Work on the topic is distributed over four quarters comprising research work, hand skill and effective change culminating in an exhibition/display in the fourth quarter.