Enquiry and Project Based Learning: Students, School and Society

1st Edition

David Leat

Routledge
Published April 26, 2017
Reference - 214 Pages - 14 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138790179 - CAT# Y168587

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Summary

Many teachers, schools, parents and community organisations feel that ‘standards’ education is not serving us well. It has proved ineffective at preparing many students for work, higher education and general wellbeing, nor does it keep students engaged and intrinsically motivated, capable of sustaining interest in education and learning. There is a supressed desire to transform educational outcomes, and enquiry based learning (EBL) and project based learning (PBL) are the prime candidates for achieving such a goal.

EBL is education that is driven by curiosity, questions and problem solving, with the capacity to produce results that are equal to or better than standard outcomes. This new text provides a critical examination of EBL and PBL by exploring a wide range of international exemplars and considering the benefits, barriers and contradictions generated by the efforts of teachers and schools. Focusing on analytical frameworks and socio-cultural theory, areas covered include:

  • enquiry and society
  • what EPBL is
  • learning through enquiry
  • challenges for schools and teachers
  • student outcomes and assessment
  • teacher learning
  • curriculum development.

Enquiry and Project Based Learning offers analytical frameworks and practical guidance for students, teachers and all those interested in enquiry based learning, as well as presenting a balanced, purposeful and motivating alternative to mainstream educational practice.

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