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1st Edition

Wellbeing, Education and Contemporary Schooling

Edited By

Malcolm Thorburn

ISBN 9781138668492
Published August 7, 2017 by Routledge
246 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

List of Abbreviations


Part 1: Philosophical perspectives on wellbeing

1. Wellbeing, being well or well becoming: who or what is it for and how might we get there?

Claire Cassidy

2. Contrasting concepts of wellbeing and their implications for educational planning

Malcolm Thorburn

Part 2: Policy perspectives on wellbeing

3. The policy prominence of wellbeing and the implications for education

Malcolm Thorburn

4. Evaluating efforts to enhance health and wellbeing: A review of policy aspirations and practice developments in Scottish secondary schools

Malcolm Thorburn & Donna Dey

Part 3: Professional perspectives on wellbeing

5. The School Leader perspective: Integrating schools with the communities they serve

Christine Forde

6. Teaching for wellbeing: On the importance of creating capabilities in schools

James MacAllister

7. The teacher in training perspective: Preparing teachers to incorporate wellbeing into learning and teaching

Monica Porciani

8. The pastoral perspective: handling sensitive issues

Monica Porciani

Part 4: Practice perspectives on wellbeing

9. Wellbeing and educational disadvantage

Sue Ellis & Vivienne Smith

10. Wellbeing/Welfare, Schooling and Social Justice: Caring relationships with students, parents and community

Maeve O’Brien

Part 5: Future prospects for wellbeing

11. Wellbeing, outdoor learning and sustainable living

Ina Stan

12. Wellbeing and aesthetic imagination

Christine Doddington

Part 6: A personal perspective on wellbeing

13. A personal perspective on wellbeing: Lessons learned or insufficiently grasped?

George MacBride

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Malcolm Thorburn is Lecturer in Physical Education at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, UK.