Place-Based Education and Its Impact on Students


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Hood College Education


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Place-based education provides students with an engaging, interactive way of learning, where they can visit places within their communities for research and projects. This research shares the findings from an investigation of how place-based education can be used effectively with all grade levels and content areas and highlights the learning benefits for all students, no matter their ability level or personal background. Studies show that one of the most significant advantages is increased motivation because students develop a project of their own interest and complete the research process in a way that makes sense to them, with educators present for guidance. Another advantage is that students develop social awareness and mindfulness by exploring local issues and histories. Based on this information, I conclude that all students can benefit from becoming involved in the places and histories surrounding their communities while focusing on various subject areas. This research will also include examples of successful place-based education.