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Title: Exploring contributions of project-based learning to health and wellbeing in secondary education
Authors: Allison, Pete
Gray, Shirley
Sproule, John
Wang, John C. K.
Keywords: Project based learning
Curriculum trends
Health and wellbeing
Residential education
Interdisciplinary study
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Allison, P., Gray, S., Sproule, J., & Wang, J. (2015). Exploring contributions of project-based learning to health and wellbeing in secondary education. Improving Schools, 18(3), 207-220.
Abstract: 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) post a range of two week residential project based learning experiences 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 discussion.
Description: This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Improving Schools. The published version is available online at
ISSN: 1365-4802 (print)
1475-7583 (online)
Other Identifiers: 10.1177/1365480215599298
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