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ERIC Number: EJ882496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0022-8958
Community as Classroom: Extending the Learning Opportunities
Fawcett, Gay; Shannon-Smith, Elaine
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v44 n3 p132-135 Spr 2008
School-community partnerships make a difference in student achievement. Synthesizing 35 years of research to provide insight into "what works in schools," Robert Marzano (2003) concluded that community involvement is a critical factor. Though community involvement takes many forms, generally organizations such as libraries, museums, parks, zoos, and theaters are considered key players in helping to educate students outside of school. Many such organizations develop learning activities for students who visit their sites; however, they often do so without consultation from local schools. These activities may be valuable in and of themselves, but even more potential exists if objectives are connected directly to what is being taught in local schools. In this article, the authors report on their investigation of ten different community organizations and their analysis of how those organizations carry out their educational missions to offer opportunities for real-life learning. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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