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ERIC Number: ED515662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb-2
Pages: 184
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-4158-7519-6
Place- and Community-Based Education in Schools
Smith, Gregory A.; Sobel, David
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Place- and community-based education--an approach to teaching and learning that starts with the local--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 people'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 students' 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. This book contains the following: (1) Young Achievers Science and Mathematics Pilot School; (2) Place- and Community-based Education: Definitions and Antecedents; (3) Why Worry about the Local in the Era of New Child Left Behind: A Rationale for Place- and Community-based Education; (4) Place- and Community-based Education in Practice: Starting with Local Knowledge and Issues; (5) Place- and Community-based Education in Practice: Knowledge and Issues; (6) Impact on Academic Achievement; (7) Striving for More than Test Scores; (8) Collaborating with Community Partners (by Delia Clark); (9) Leaders as Gardeners: Creating Space for Place- and Community-based Education; (10) No School is an Island--Except on the Coast of Maine; and (11) Changing Schools to Embrace the Local.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maine
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A