Exploring Contributions of Project Based Learning to Health and Wellbeing in Secondary Education

Peter Allison, Shirley Gray, Russell Martindale, Christine Nash, John Sproule, John Wang

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Abstract / Description of output

Regardless of aims and purposes of education, recent trends in pedagogy suggest an increasing popularity of project based learning (PBL) and a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to learning, however ill-defined they may be. Connections between PBL, curriculum trends and health and wellbeing are reviewed and potential value of schools bringing the three together to enhance learning. Interviews were undertaken with students (n=37) following a range of two week residentials involving PBL to examine students’ perspectives on connections with prior learning at school, the approach to learning and any connections to health and wellbeing. The results from the hierarchical content analysis revealed five emerging themes. Implications for theory, practice and further research are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-220
Number of pages14
JournalImproving Schools
Issue number3
Early online date27 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Project-based learning
  • curriculum trends
  • health and wellbeing
  • residential education
  • interdisciplinary study


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