The initiative of STEM Schools in Egypt with a boys’ school in 6th of October and a girls’ school in Maadi can be considered a turning point in the teaching and learning of science and mathematics in Egypt. Applying Project-based learning (PBL) in STEM schools is innovative to the educational system in Egypt. Project-based learning is the main pedagogical method representing 60% of students’ final scores in grade one and two and 20% of students’ final scores in grade three for STEM School students. The goal of this study was to investigate PBL in 6th of October STEM High school for Boys, the first STEM School in Egypt, and the model for the new seven STEM schools that started in Egypt in October, 2015. This investigation was to understand students’ perceptions of PBL. A focus group protocol was carried out by three trained teachers from the school with six groups of students, two from each grade. Data collected through the focus groups were analyzed according to three themes: (1) students’ perceptions of PBL (1) students’ learning, and (2) students’ collaboration. Findings of the study suggested that students were able to voice clear perceptions; and they believe that applying PBL has enhanced their learning of subjects integrated in their projects as well as increasing their collaborations with each other in the projects’ groups. However, they also suggested that more attention should be given to grade one students since doing projects is a new experience for them. Findings also suggested that students’ grade level as well as their previous exposure to PBL influenced their perceptions of PBL.


International & Comparative Education Department

Degree Name

MA in Educational Leadership

Graduation Date

Summer 7-19-2016

Submission Date

June 2013

First Advisor

El-Deghaidy, Heba

Second Advisor


Third Advisor


Committee Member 1

Skaggs, Jennifer

Committee Member 2

Hozayin, Russanne

Committee Member 3



90 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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