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?
2. Contrasting concepts of wellbeing and their implications for educational planning
Part 2: Policy perspectives on wellbeing
3. The policy prominence of wellbeing and the implications for education
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
6. Teaching for wellbeing: On the importance of creating capabilities in schools
7. The teacher in training perspective: Preparing teachers to incorporate wellbeing into learning and teaching
8. The pastoral perspective: handling sensitive issues
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
Part 5: Future prospects for wellbeing
11. Wellbeing, outdoor learning and sustainable living
12. Wellbeing and aesthetic imagination
Part 6: A personal perspective on wellbeing
13. A personal perspective on wellbeing: Lessons learned or insufficiently grasped?
Malcolm Thorburn is Lecturer in Physical Education at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh, UK.