No doubt you have undertaken many projects in the course of your life, whether as an adult, a youth or in your childhood. Some of them were successful, others only partially so, while still others were abject failures! At times, you functioned on your own and at other times, you worked as part of a group. You thoroughly enjoyed some of the projects you engaged in, but others were simply a necessary task that you had to force yourself to complete. Some of the projects were based on your own ideas while others were not; probably a teacher, parent, club leader made that decision.
This course is about project work in a formal education setting. Nonetheless it is worth remembering that, regardless of the circumstances under which projects are carried out, there are certain features common to all of them. As we lay the groundwork, we first take a look at attributes that are common to all projects, then hone in on those that are of particular importance to projects in a formal education setting.