Authentic Intellectual Work and Project Based Learning: Why Gold Standard PBL Is So Critical

“Relevance without rigor is no better than rigor without relevance,” wrote Egon Guba in 1981 referring to educational research. The same should apply today to the usual work students do in school. Gold Standard Project Based Learning and the framework for Authentic Intellectual Work bring these (often vague or poorly defined) ideas of rigor and relevance together in ways that promote engagement, effort, and learning for diverse learners.