A recent report shows that although project-based learning is a growing trend in education, only about 1% of schools nationwide use the practice on a regular, committed basis. Educators say training and collaboration are key to rolling out the initiative, but it's also important to believe in students to find answers in their own ways. "If that trust is not present, then the teachers will be tempted to give students answers, resort to teaching lectures that are textbook dependent," said Sue Ramlo, a physics and education professor at the University of Akron in Ohio.

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