The Project Approach for All Learners: A Hands-On Guide for Inclusive Early Childhood Classrooms

Authors: Sallee Beneke Ph.D., Michaelene M. Ostrosky Ph.D., Lilian G. Katz Ph.D.; Foreword Author: Susan A. Fowler Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 208 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781681252285
Price: $39.95

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Includes a complete package of training and implementation materials!

A proven and popular teaching method, the Project Approach engages the natural curiosity of children through in-depth investigations of topics that capture their interest. Now there's a guidebook that helps you use this child-centered approach to reach and teach all learners in your early childhood classroom—regardless of background or ability.

Developed by a team of experts that includes Project Approach leader Lilian G. Katz, this book is your go-to guide to implementing project-based learning in inclusive early childhood classrooms. You'll discover how to support diverse groups of students as they study real world topics that fascinate them, play detective with peers to find answers to questions, and show what they've learned in interesting and creative ways. You'll also get practical, start-to-finish guidance on how to apply the Project Approach, including a complete package of training materials, examples of successful projects from real inclusive classrooms, and a Project Approach Implementation Checklist that helps you use the approach effectively.


  • Use the Project Approach in combination with universal design for learning (UDL) strategies
  • Choose a compelling project topic that encourages hands-on learning in inclusive settings
  • Teach children effective strategies for investigating the topic and conducting research
  • Build on children's natural motivation by actively engaging and listening to them
  • Make the most of each child's individual strengths and expertise during project work
  • Support children in representing their learning through displays and presentations
  • Offer accommodations and supports that meet diverse learning needs
TRAINING & IMPLEMENTATION MATERIALS: You'll master each step of the Project Approach with the comprehensive package of supplementary materials, including the Project Approach Implementation Checklist, 38 video clips that illustrate key concepts, 22 PowerPoint presentations on important elements of the Project Approach, and six sets of training materials that correspond with each chapter. Supplementary materials are available online to purchasers of the book.


Review by: Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Ed.D., Professor, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, Director, University of Kentucky Early Childhood Laboratory
"The Project Approach for All Learners is a wonderful example of blending recommended practices from child development and special education into an approach that potentially supports all young learners."
Review by: Paddy Favazza, Ed.D., Professor of Special Education at Stonehill College, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Boston
"This text fills a void in curricular supports for early childhood educators and is an excellent resource for both new and seasoned teachers!"
Review by: Meredith Burton, M.A., President of the South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children (SCAEYC), Director of Furman University Child Development Center; a Project Approach program
"What a wonderful resource to use in introducing the Project Approach as well as a reference for teachers deeply invested in the model. This book clearly provides practitioner examples of varied project work that engages all learners, taking into account the individual needs of the children within a classroom."
Review by: Victoria Damjanovic, Ph.D., Director & Affiliated Faculty, University of South Florida
"The Project Approach for All Learners is an excellent addition to my library on inquiry-based teaching and learning. I will definitely add this to my required reading list for my students as well as the teachers at our lab school."
Review by: Angi Stone-MacDonald, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Massachusetts, Boston
"This important book supports teachers in child-directed authentic learning through projects that are accessible to all students in inclusive early childhood classrooms as well as being responsive to state standards and curricula. With this book, teachers can better educate, motivate, and foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills for young children."
Review by: Sylvia Chard, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada
"Exactly one century after the publication of a related American classic, Kilpatrick's The Project Method (1918), this book ensures that project work will continue to flourish in the inclusive early childhood education classrooms of the future. The ideas are powerful, the theory developed, the practice researched and clearly explained: this book should be available for all teachers who care about engaging young children in powerful and personalized learning."

Table of Contents

About the Online Materials and Videos
About the Authors
Foreword: Susan Fowler
  1. Getting Started With the Project Approach
      Appendix: Project Approach Implementation Checklist
  2. Defining the Role of the Teacher
  3. Implementing With Fidelity
  4. Supporting the Investigation
  5. Representing and Sharing Project Work
  6. Sustaining the Project Approach
Appendix A: Completed Project Approach Implementation Checklists
Appendix B: Training Activities

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