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INTRODUCTIONB’laan students face countless challenges in their lives. In the area where we taught,many of them struggle in their educational journey. Unfortunately, some of them lost interest tostudy and tend to work for a living. As their teacher, there are suggested strategies that could helpthem achieve and learn more. Aside from the truth that they belong to the Philippines’ indigenouspeople, project-based learning set by the Department of Education may impact their perceptionon learning and encourage them to actually engage in skills for global competitiveness reflectedin the current K-12 curriculum (Gardner, 2007; Reimers, 2009; Stewart, 2007). Nowadays,B’laan students as well as other Filipino students tend to drop-out in school and enter into earlymarriage or simply lose interest in their studies. It was revealed in a study that low achievement,student boredom, and high dropout rates have been associated with student disengagement. The21st century skills are commonly related to project-based learning. These will allow students toexperience meaningful and more appropriate methods of learning and to develop better skills andmaximize student engagement (Bell, 2010; Bradford, 2005; Fredricks&McColskey, 2011).Insome parts of the world, Nigerian elementary schools reported that classes with limited groupactivities and projects, the students experienced boredom and detachment from the learning.Thus, implementing project-based learning involves a vivid transition from traditional way ofteaching to a more skills-oriented and inclusive modes of teaching and learning (Bender, 2012;Mora, 2011). Moreover, there is a study in the Philippines that indicates that Project BasedLearning (PBL) is an effective approach to enhance more the student learning. This project givesthem many outcomes and improves their skills. This gives a fascinating background to maketheir minds active (Dasig, Gatpandan, &Gatpandan, 2014). However, in a study that dealswith B’laan students, many of them have difficulty in understanding what is taught in class that
cause them lose interest and avoid learning. Most of them faced academic challenges that leadthem to early marriages. They experienced difficulty in understanding different subject matterssuch as English, Science, Math, Technology and Livelihood Education, Social Studies, etc.,resulting to failing grades and the decision to drop from school because of their attitude towardslearning (Albona, 2015). Hence, project-based learning (PBL) is quite relevant because itrequires students to take a dynamic role in determining the concepts and contents, and improvetheir 21st century skills in demonstrating their perseverance in learning. They apply what theylearn and PBL helps them decide on what career they select, technology to apply, theirparticipation, community services and significance of content (Buck Institute for Education,2012).As a matter of fact, no qualitative and phenomenological research is done specifically on

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