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ERIC Number: EJ990869
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Applied Learning and Community Partnerships Improve Student Engagement in Australia
Pridham, Bruce; Deed, Craig
Middle School Journal (J3), v44 n1 p36-42 Sep 2012
The middle grades are a time of significant physical, social, emotional, and cognitive change. This article suggests a theoretical framework for engaging students at this critical stage through applied learning and community partnerships. Applied learning is defined as the immediate and purposeful connection between school-based and real-world learning. Community partnerships are underpinned by the social process of learning, extending beyond the formal school settings and classroom to the wider community, including parents, community groups, clubs, volunteer organizations, employers, and workplaces. These practical partnerships represent one means of providing innovative and engaging learning; including a genuine shared understanding of what is required for learners to be successful in a complex world. An Australian case study is presented, and implications drawn for curriculum and pedagogy in contemporary school settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia