Place- and Community-Based Education in Schools

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2/2/2010
  • Publisher: Routledge

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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.

Author Biography

Gregory A. Smith is Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He speaks nationally and internationally about place- and community-based education and is involved with efforts in schools in the Pacific Northwest to adopt this approach to teaching and learning. David Sobel is Director of Teacher Certification Programs in the Education Department Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. He consults and speaks widely on developmentally appropriate teaching, environmental education, and parenting with nature.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xiv
The Young Achievers Science and Mathematics Pilot Schoolp. 1
Place- and Community-based Education: Definitions and Antecedentsp. 21
Why Worry about the local in the Era of No Child Left Behind? A Rationale for place- and Community-based Educationp. 31
Place- and Community-based Education in Practice: Starting with Local Knowledge and Issuesp. 43
Place- and Community-based Education in Practice: Starting with the Traditional Disciplinesp. 60
Impact on Academic Achievementp. 74
Striving for More than lest Scoresp. 87
Collaborating with Community Partnersp. 102
Leaders as Gardeners: Creating Space for Place- and Community-based Educationp. 114
No School Is an Island-Except on the Coast of Mainep. 130
Changing Schools to Embrace the Localp. 150
Referencesp. 156
Indexp. 161
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