Education trends may come and go, but place-based education has grown in importance in recent years. The idea behind place-based education is simple yet compelling: It uses the environment around you, and even the entire world, to learn. Place-based learning can take place in parks, in museums, anywhere. Learners participate and reap numerous benefits, including higher levels of engagement, academic achievements, and a great sense of involvement in their local communities.
This kind of learning can also create strong bonds between learners and their parents and the local environment and social organizations, which can help enhance overall community quality of life. Students can also help address local environmental issues.
While place-based education may seem like a new concept, the idea of incorporating local issues and knowledge into an educational curriculum was the way children learned before formal schools were created. Most children were taught by their families and by the people in their communities, not by a teacher in a classroom. The attached resource, The Power Of Place-Based Learning, describes more about this growing educational trend.