Place-based learning, often also referred to as community-based learning, is an approach to education that takes students out into a specific locale, such as their school campus or local community, as part of their learning. This gives students the opportunity to understand the communities they live in and to participate in community problem solving; it makes their learning more personally relevant and applicable. Immersing your students in their community in new ways fosters a sense of community ownership and can increase intrinsic motivation to solve community problems.
Use the following tools to:
- Learn how to use your community as a lens for learning
- Define ‘place’ with your students, whether it’s the classroom, school, neighborhood or city
- Understand the intersect of Place-Based Learning, Inquiry-Based Learning, and Project-Based Learning
What is Place-Based Education and Why Does it Matter
This report provides information on what place-based education is, the benefits of place-based education and examples of what it looks like in practice.