The Power of Place

Authentic Learning Through Place-Based Education

By: Thomas Vander Ark, Emily Liebtag, Nate McClennen

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Code: 120017

ISBN: 9781760941482

No of Pages: 168

Publish Date: 19 August 2020

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‘Place: it’s where we’re from; it’s where we’re going … It asks for our attention and care. If we pay attention, place has much to teach us.’

With this belief as a foundation, The power of place offers a comprehensive and compelling case for making communities the locus of learning for students of all ages and backgrounds.

Dispelling the notion that place-based education is an approach limited to those who can afford it, the authors describe how schools in diverse contexts – urban and rural, public and private – have adopted place-based programs as a way to better engage students and attain three important goals of education: student agency, equity and community.

This book identifies six defining principles of place-based education. Namely, it

  1. embeds learning everywhere and views the community as a classroom
  2. is centred on individual learners
  3. is inquiry based to help students develop an understanding of their place in the world
  4. incorporates local and global thinking and investigations
  5. requires design thinking to find solutions to authentic problems
  6. is interdisciplinary.

For each principle, the authors share stories of students whose lives were transformed by their experiences in place-based programs, elaborate on what the principle means, demonstrate what it looks like in practice by presenting case studies from schools throughout the United States and offer action steps for implementation.

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SKU 120017
Price A$43.95
ISBN 9781760941482
Publish date 2020-08-19 00:00:00
Partner ID 1015
Partner Name ASCD
Key Learning Area Cross-Curricular