Buck Institute for Education



The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is a non-profit, research and development organization dedicated to improving the practice of teaching and the process of learning. Of particular interest to our project are the BIE materials on project-based learning (PBL). You can access the BIE project-based Learning Handbook and link to numerous other web resources on PBL. The BIE website describes the characteristics of outstanding projects in the section 'Defining Standards-Focused PBL' of the PBL Handbook Introduction.


Innovation summary

How this resource can support you along the innovation continuum:

  • BIE has published a project-based Learning Handbook that offers a comprehensive overview of PBL and a detailed planning model for teachers. The introduction to the handbook contains information on the history and philosophy of PBL. 
  • Access PBL online guide to support planning of PBL.


Key points:

  • Teachers and students will be most successful in carrying out project-based Learning if careful attention is given to developing an engaging, student-focused culture in the classroom.
  • There are 5 design principles to develop a project:
    - Begin with the end in mind
    - Craft the driving questions
    - Plan the assessment
    - Map the project
    - Manage the process