The Promise of Place: Using Place-based Education Principles to Enhance Learning

By Joann B. Nichols, Patricia H. Howson, Betty C. Mulrey, Ann Ackerman and Susan E. Gately.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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The conceptual basis of place-based education is to use the physical, social, and cultural environment of the students to develop and enrich understanding of their world through intentional explorations. Using the context of the learner’s surroundings, materials, resources, and conditions of the setting, enhances engagement, stimulates curiosity, and works to secure commitment to a sense of place made through their investigations. The promise of place is assurance that learning will be enhanced. Supported by research, five exemplary projects will illustrate how the promise of place uses the principles of place-based education. The projects demonstrate how the development of a sense of place supports collaboration, critical thinking, increased communication skills, heightened creativity, civic engagement, and ethnographic sensitivity. The focus on intentional learning experiences in these projects promotes close study of how students learn about their place, its importance to them now and in the future, and the interrelationships between the local and global community.

Keywords: Place-based Education, Environmental Education. Civic Engagement, Content Integration,, Pedagogy, Intentional Learning

The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 23, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.27-41. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 14, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 732.519KB)).

Dr. Joann B. Nichols

Assistant Professor, School of Education, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA

Dr. Patricia H. Howson

Faculty and Program Director, School of Education and Social Policy, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA, USA

Betty C. Mulrey

Adjunct Faculty, School of Education and Social Policy, Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts, USA

Dr. Ann Ackerman

Adjunct Professor of History and Humanities, Division of Education, Nashua Community College, Nashua, NH, Nashua, NH, USA

Dr. Susan E. Gately

Educational Consultant, Newburyport, Massachusetts, USA