Wellbeing, Education and Contemporary Schooling

1st Edition

Malcolm Thorburn

Published August 8, 2017
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9781138668492 - CAT# Y230615

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Wellbeing, Education and Contemporary Schooling examines the role of wellbeing in schools and argues that it should be integral to core policy objectives in health and education. The whole school focus chosen is conducive to the review of wellbeing in schools, and assists in better understanding the complex relationships between learners and teachers in policy contexts, where every teacher has a responsibility for learners’ wellbeing.

By exploring a range of debates about the nature of wellbeing, the book shows how a child’s wellbeing is inseparable from their overall capacity to learn and achieve, and to become confident, self-assured and active citizens. Drawing on international curriculum developments, it considers the ways in which wellbeing could reshape educational aims in areas such as outdoor learning and aesthetic imagination, helping to inform programmes of professional learning for teachers.

Separated into six parts, the book covers:

  • philosophical perspectives on wellbeing
  • policy perspectives on wellbeing
  • professional perspectives on wellbeing
  • practice perspectives on wellbeing
  • future prospects for wellbeing
  • a personal perspective on wellbeing.

Examining ways in which wellbeing can become a central component of the ethos, culture and environment of contemporary schools, Wellbeing, Education and Contemporary Schooling is an invaluable guide for all students, teachers, researchers and policy makers with an interest in learning, teaching and children’s wellbeing.


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