The Project for Enhancing Effective Learning (PEEL): 22 Years of Praxis

  • Ian Mitchell
  • Judie Mitchell
Part of the Explorations of Educational Purpose book series (EXEP, volume 4)

The learning community that constitutes PEEL was founded at one working-class high school in Melbourne, Australia, in 1985 by a group of teachers and academics who shared concerns about the prevalence of passive, unreflective, dependent student learning, even in apparently successful lessons. The project was not funded or driven by any system or institution-level initiative. In our first book (Baird & Mitchell, 1986, p. 12), we listed four goals for the project

  1. 1.

    To foster effective, independent learning through training for enhanced metacognition

     
  2. 2.

    To change teacher attitudes and behaviours to ones that promote such learning

     
  3. 3.

    To investigate processes of teacher and student change as participants engage in action research

     
  4. 4.

    To identify factors that influence successful implementation of a programme that aims to improve the quality of students’ learning

     

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Reference

  1. Baird, J. R. (1984). Improving learning through enhanced metacognition: Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, Monash University, Melbourne.Google Scholar
  2. Baird, J. R. (1986). Improved learning through enhanced metacognition: A classroom study.European Journal of Science Education 8, 263–282.Google Scholar
  3. Baird, J. R. & Mitchell, I. J. (1986).Improving the quality of teaching and learning. Melbourne, Australia: PEEL Publishing.Google Scholar
  4. Barnes, D. (1976).From communication to curriculum. Harmondsworth, UK: Penguin.Google Scholar
  5. Flavell, J. H. (ed.) (1976).Metacognitive aspects of problem solving: The nature of intelligence. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.Google Scholar
  6. Mitchell, I. J. (1997).Theory into practice: Improving the quality of teaching and learning. In J. R. Baird & I. J. Mitchell (Eds.)Improving the quality of teaching and learning(2nd ed.). Melbourne, Australia: PEEL Publishing.Google Scholar
  7. Mitchell, I. J. (ed.) (2007).Teaching for effective learning: The complete book of PEEL teaching procedures(3rd ed.). Melbourne, Australia: PEEL Publishing.Google Scholar
  8. Mitchell, I. J. & Mitchell, J. A. (eds.) (1997).Stories of reflective teaching: A book of PEEL cases. Melbourne, Australia: PEEL Publishing.Google Scholar
  9. Mitchell, I. J., Mitchell, J. A., et al. (2007).PEEL in practice: 1400 ideas for quality teaching(8th ed.). Melbourne, Australia: PEEL Publishing.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science + Business Media B.V 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Mitchell
  • Judie Mitchell

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations