Project Based Learning Leads to Success
Last week The Gallup Blog published What Works in Schools Is Real Work. The post revealed some groundbreaking research on how real world experience impacts a student’s post graduation work quality. The survey results show that students who learn “21st century skills” or complete projects similar to those they would encounter in their careers are more than twice as likely to produce better quality work. Furthermore, the study found a direct correlation between students’ success later in life and learning these “real world skills” while still in college.
What we at MindSumo found especially interesting is how our education system (and external tools) are affecting when people acquire these skills. The youngest demographic (18-22 yrs) polled is much more likely to have learned 21st century skills in school than the older participants (23-35 yrs). This can mostly be attributed to project based learning.
At MindSumo, we’re working to be a part of the progress toward better prepared graduates. Students are able to acquire these 21st century skills by solving real-world corporate projects. The Mentors program gives students the ability to connect with experienced professionals in the field of their choice and find out which skills they’ll need to succeed. School already does a great job of helping students build social skills and a solid work ethic. Now is the time to push for even more hands-on career preparation.