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Enquiry and Project Based Learning
Students, School and Society

Edited By

David Leat

ISBN 9781138790179
Published April 19, 2017 by Routledge
224 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Why We Need Enquiry and Project Based Learning
  2. David Leat

  3. Understanding Enquiry
  4. David Leat

  5. Assessment of Learning Outcomes in EPBL
  6. David Leat

  7. Enquiry and Project-Based Learning: School and society through a socio-cultural lens
  8. David Leat

  9. Adapting Self Organised Learning Environments to Primary Schools in Australia
  10. Paul Kenna and Brett Millott

  11. Balancing Structure and Flexibility: Teacher’s orchestration in collaborative long-term inquiry
  12. Marjut Viilo, Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen and Kai Hakkarainen

  13. Developing a Community Orientation Through a Focus on Local Heritage and Environment
  14. Viki Angel, Lucy Eckford & Lisa Lowery

  15. The Importance of Audience in Project-Based Learning
  16. Cara Littlefield

  17. The Broomley Bee Meadow Project
  18. Julie McGrane, Jilly Halliday & Stuart Moore


  19. Community Curriculum Making and EPBL

David Leat and Ulrike Thomas

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David Leat is Professor of Curriculum Innovation at Newcastle University, UK, Director of the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching, and Assistant Director of SOLE Central (researching Sugata Mitra’s Self Organised Learning Environments concept). He is also coordinator of the North East EPBL Network.