"Finally Here is a book that will help educators and parents
understand the meaning of place- and community-based education and
how it can enrich the lives of students and community members."
Clifford E. Knapp, Northern Illinois University
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
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.
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