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Who is at the center of it all?
The focus on test-based assessments has resulted in teacher-centered classrooms that emphasize particular skills; with memorization of content being at the forefront. Though memorization holds a certain level of importance, development in other skill areas is required in order for students to fully engage in the process of learning.
A shift to a student-centered methodology addresses this problem. Specifically, two foundational aspects of a successful learning experience, agency and depth of knowledge, were identified as factors not fostered in a teacher-centered environment. This Project analyzed the possible shifts in student agency and depth of knowledge, within World History classroom, when direct instruction was not used as the main method of content intake. Rather, a Project Based Learning (PBL) methodology was implemented to foster an environment where inquiry and skill building were used to learn content.