Place- & Community-Based Education

By: Amber Thornton EEXE-7322

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Benefits for Students

*Students are given the freedom to form their own opinions regarding local issues through experimentation and exploration of the local environment (Smith & Sobel, 2010, p. 19).

*Place- and community based education also increases student exposure to adults from within the community who are experts in their chosen fields. The students learn material from "experts" and may feel a greater connection to the material (Smith & Sobel, 2010, p. 19).

*Students who participate in place- and community-based education may feel a greater sense of connection to his/her community (Smith & Sobel, 2010, p. 22).

*In my opinion and documented throughout the related literature, place- and community-based education may:

  • *Increase a student's self-esteem, social skills, social awareness, community awareness, feelings of civic duty and efforts of citizenship.

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Benefits for Families

*Positive connections to the community may result in a larger support network for parents and students.

*Positive connections to the community may result in higher than average employment of students with disabilities following graduation from high school. This increase may result from increased interactions with persons with disabilities by the hiring professionals and business owners of the community.

*Positive connections to the community may result in increased community awareness of disabilities, the support families of persons with disabilities may need and an increased drive to provide the needed support that families desire/require.

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Benefits for Teachers

*When adults from the community come into the classroom to teach in their areas of expertise the teacher can guide the interactions to facilitate the learning that he/she feels needs to occur in his/her classroom.

*Many researchers have validated that place- and community-based education leads to increases in student involvement and achievement on standardized measures.

*Greater number of resources for classroom use by the students and the teacher.

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Instructional Approaches

*Using adults from within the community as teaching aids/teachers

*Job shadowing

*Community based projects

*Projects that tackle local issues

*Onsite learning (field trips that connect to curriculum and local needs)

The power of community based education | Sudhi Kaushik | TEDxNYU


Kaushik, S. [TEDx Talks]. (2015, July 21). The power of community based education [Video file]. Retrieved from

Smith, G., & Sobel, D. (2010). The Young Achievers Science and Mathematics Pilot School. In Place- and community-based education in schools (pg. 19-22). New York, NY: Routledge.

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