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MERITS OF PROJECT METHOD

1) Based on Psychological Principle

This method is based on sound psychological principles of law of readiness, law of exercise, law of effect etc. There- is reasonable freedom provided to students for working in a social environment.

2) Child Center

The approach is child-centered rather than being just subject centered. The students work on their self chosen project. The goal and purpose of working is clear to them and are naturally motivated and inclined to put their heart and soul.

3) Fulfils the needs of all students

The method provides enough coportunity for meeting the varying interests and abilities of the students.

4) Promotes critical thinking

This method promotes habit of critical thinking and urges the student to adopt the scientific method of working.

5) Links body and mind

The project method provides good opportunity for the coordination and integration of body and mind. It proves helpful in the balanced development of physical and mental abilities of the students.

6) Links with real life situation

It is quite practical and applied method of learning. The project chosen correlates with the real life situations and is helpful in solving the problems of day-to-day life of the students.

7) Promotes social Development

It promotes social interaction and co-operation among the students. The child gets moulded according to social needs as the child works with full agreement of the group and works for the group as well. In the process, the child learns his responsibility and sense of social cooperation and imbibes good social virtues.

8) Working at own pace

Students work at their own pace, learning to plan and execute their project within the given time-frame.

9) Democratic method

It is a democratic method of teaching since the project is chosen after due deliberation of the group with mutual agreement and understanding. There is freedom to work according to plan chosen with freedom of thought and action.

10) Self gained and durable Knowledge

The knowledge gained in this method is directly through the efforts of the child. Such knowledge is clear and is retained permanently by the students.

11) Correlates subject knowledge with Life

The project method proves an ideal method for providing teaching through the principle of correlation. The students get opportunity to correlate the curricular experiences with their day-to-day life activities.

12) Reduces home work

It helps in reducing the load of home-work as most of the projects are undertaken as classroom assignments.

13) Promotes Discipline

It solves the problem of indiscipline as the students are involved in joint responsibility and constructive self-imposed discipline in the work.

14) Learning of many skills

The students learn a lot of skills like observation, recording, interpretation, drawing conclusions and comparison with similar work.

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