Whole School Projects: Engaging Imaginations Through Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Whole School Projects: Engaging Imaginations Through Interdisciplinary Inquiry



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ISBN-13: 9780807755839
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 08/20/2014
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 What Is a Whole School Project? 5

2 Creating Whole School Projects 28

Duration of Whole School Projects 29

The Whole School Project Topic and Its Product 32

Initiating Whole School Projects: At What Grades? 35

Whole School Project Planning 36

3 What Whole School Projects Look Like: Three Examples 38

Qingdao Secondary School 39

Westwood Elementary School 46

Corbett Charter School 53

Whole School Project Planning Summary for Primary Grades: The Solar System and Geology Sheri Dunton 56

The Geology of the Columbia River Gorge Lindy Sims 8

Plants and Animals of the Gorge Alyssa Reed-Stuewe 59

4 Choosing Topics and Criteria for Whole School Projects 64

Criteria for Choosing WSP Topics 64

Choosing Suitable WSP Topics 71

A Natural World Topic 72

A Cultural Topic 73

A Local Neighborhood Topic 74

Distant Irrelevant" Topics 77

Website Support 83

5 Planning and Executing a Whole School Project 84

Beginning the WSP 85

The Middle of the WSP 88

Ending of the WSP 90

6 Learning Principles and Engaging Imaginations in Whole School Projects 103

Learning Tools for the First Years 105

Learning Tools for the Middle Years 113

Learning Tools for the Final School Years 118

Conclusion 127

7 The Educational Foundations of Whole School Projects 128

The Roles of Schools: The Contributions of WSPs 131

Engaging in Projects and Places?Educational Relations 136

Place-based Education 140

Why Do We Need WSPs? What Justifies This Educational Program? 142

8 Whole School Projects: Objections and Responses 144

Conclusion 166

References 169

Index 173

About the Author and Contributors 185

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