So far there is only the one publication about Whole School Projects, but we hope this will change soon. You can read, if you wish, the Introduction by clicking it below.
Whole School Projects:
Engaging Imaginations Through Interdisciplinary Inquiry
Kieran Egan with Bob Dunton & Gillian Judson
The publisher’s blurb for the book is as follows:
In this new and practical contribution to the importance of imagination in learning, Kieran Egan and his colleagues demonstrate how individual contributions to a coherent large-scale project can produce enormous results of great educational value. Helping all participants to feel pride for more than just their own individual work, such Whole School Projects (WSPs) encourage appreciation for the abilities of others and enable everyone involved to recognize that all kinds of learning styles, intelligences, and ability levels play an important part in constructing the whole. Most important, WSPs invigorate student engagement and build community within a school. The authors describe a program for engaging a whole school in a particular project over a three-year period and outline the educational principles and benefits. Providing examples of schools successfully using WSPs, they examine the detailed practices needed to get such a project up and running in a typical school. While the Whole School Project is distinct from the regular curriculum, it can help achieve many of the year’s curriculum objectives in mathematics, literacy, science and technology, social studies, art, and history. Finally, teachers can choose to incorporate their curriculum aims into the project study, even when those aims include meeting externally mandated achievement standards.
Introduction (Click to read the Introduction)
1. What Is a Whole School Project?
2. Creating Whole School Projects
3. What Whole School Projects Look Like: Three Examples
4. Choosing Topics and Criteria for Whole School Projects
5. Planning and Executing a Whole School Project
6. Learning Principles and Engaging Imaginations in Whole School Projects
7. The Educational Foundations of Whole School Projects – Whole School Projects: Objections and Responses