Project-Based Learning Progressions: Identifying the Nodes of Learning in a Project-Based Environment

  • Leonard A. AnnettaEmail author
  • Richard Lamb
  • David Vallett
  • Marina Shapiro


This chapter describes the background of learning progressions and project-based learning and their application for learning and instruction for students at age levels that range from the elementary-school level to undergraduate college students in STEM career fields. The use of learning progressions as methods of both assessment and instruction is also examined. The chapter describes both learning progressions and project-based learning individually and then explains how the two can be combined into what we have called a project-based learning progression and how this may be beneficial to teaching and learning at the K-12 level. This chapter concludes by describing that there may be evidence to suggest that a learning progression occurs through project-based learning paradigms.


Learning progressions Project-based learning STEM K-12 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonard A. Annetta
    • 1
    Email author
  • Richard Lamb
    • 2
  • David Vallett
    • 3
  • Marina Shapiro
    • 4
  1. 1.East Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA
  2. 2.University of BuffaloBuffaloUSA
  3. 3.University of Nevada-Las VegasLas VegasUSA
  4. 4.California State University-BakersfieldBakersfieldUSA

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