14 SES 06 A, Place-Based and Place-Conscious Education
There is an international research and practice momentum in place-based education (PBE). Place-based approaches draw on the learner's local everyday experience, expertise and interests as a foundation for new learning. Recent and relevant research publications include Greenwood’s (2008) collection of papers in Environmental Education Research, 14:3 and Barratt and Barratt Hacking’s (2011) special issue of Children Youth Environments, 21:1.
Despite interest in designing place-based curricular over a number of years (Fien, 1993; Bowers, 2001; Smith, 2002; Theobald and Curtiss, 2000; Theobald, 1997) mainstream education and curricular still tend to be generalised with little reference to specific places and communities (Gruenewald and Smith, 2008). Nevertheless, there is a growing recognition from both researchers and practitioners that PBE can enhance participants' learning and community participation.
This paper will draw on PBE research with children and young people undertaken by the presenters and other researchers in their informal international network. It will consider a theoretical framework for place-based education, critique research methodologies employed and present research evidence on the benefits of this approach.
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