Place- and Community-Based Education in Schools

Place- and Community-Based Education in Schools

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Place- and community-based education a€“ an approach to teaching and learning that starts with the local a€“ addresses two critical gaps in the experience of many children now growing up in the United States: contact with the natural world and contact with community. It offers a way to extend young peoplea€™s attention beyond the classroom to the world as it actually is, and to engage them in the process of devising solutions to the social and environmental problems they will confront as adults. This approach can increase studentsa€™ engagement with learning and enhance their academic achievement. Envisioned as a primer and guide for educators and members of the public interested in incorporating the local into schools in their own communities, this book explains the purpose and nature of place- and community-based education and provides multiple examples of its practice. The detailed descriptions of learning experiences set both within and beyond the classroom will help readers begin the process of advocating for or incorporating local content and experiences into their schools.School leader Mike Felton handles manyoftheday-to-day problems, while the leadershipteamdevelops long-term policy and culture ... For example, in the third- through fifth-grade island, teachers provide math and readinginstruction for students in their own grade and ... InOctober, the sixth-through eighth-grade team presented theredtide testingunit thathappens in the spring.In November, theKAy2 team presentedthefield tripprogram done in conjunction with the Vinalhaven Land Trust.

Title:Place- and Community-Based Education in Schools
Author:Gregory A. Smith, David Sobel
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-04-08


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