ECS 210- Place-Based Curriculum

I decided to focus on place-based education for this assignment. For starters, place-based education is taking a class out into the community to expand learning opportunities. Personally, I prefer place-based education as I am a kinesthetic learner and I learn best by doing, not just sitting and listening. For students like me, sitting all day everyday can be difficult, this is where place-based education comes into play.

Many may think that place-based education is just for classes like phys. ed or outdoor ed classes, when in reality you could use a place-based curriculum approach in any class. For example, for social/history classes, teachers could take students out into the community and have them discover interesting/important facts about the community that they are in. Taking classes into the community or an outdoor space exposes them to new things and new ways of learning/thinking.

I am going to continue my research by studying various articles, one of them being “Mindful Place-Based Education: Mapping the Literature” By Anthony Deringer. By using this article and many more, I am going to discover more ways to incorporate place-based education into all classes and why it is so important to have students participating in it.

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  1. I agree that you could use placed-based education in any class. I feel if that was the case to use it in any class, that many students would benefit and expand their learning!

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  2. I have always been interested in place-based curriculum and ways to incorporate this pedagogical approach in different subjects. I wonder what nuances you may come across between urban community settings and rural settings. How do different places transform what place-based education can look like?

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  3. Hello Hayley,

    I agree with you that place-based education is not only used in physical ed, but also is handy in many other subjects, such as science classes and history classes. I experienced place-based education mostly in Canadian high school classrooms. In my English classes, the teacher brought us to a park and read the novel under the tree, I think it is very interesting to learn in the nature.
    Since I am a math major student, I have a question for the place-based education: can we use it in the higher level mathematic classrooms(such as in teaching calculus)?

    Jessica YuYi Zhao

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