The Power of Place-Based Learning

Place-based learning may seem like a new concept, but it has been around before formal schools were put in place. The idea is simple yet compelling: place-based learning uses the environment around you to learn. It’s the idea of opening up the classroom to the entire world and uses real-life examples and scenarios to grow. Taking education outside the classroom offers numerous benefits to children of all ages, and schools are using a variety of place-based techniques to enhance their curriculums.

This kind of learning can be performed at any time and in any location — in fact, sometimes it’s referred to as “anytime, anywhere learning.” Lessons may include projects that cross over different disciplines and integrate numerous types of information, encouraging learners to approach the issues in a way that translates to the real world. Instead of learning and memorizing by rote, students apply what they learn. After all, the purpose of knowledge is to be able to use what you learn in real-world situations, whether at home or in a career, and this type of learning facilitates that.  For more on Place-Based Learning, check out the infographic below!

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