The Power of Place-Based Learning

Education trends may come and go, but place-based education has grown in importance in recent years. Place-based learning uses the environment around you to learn. While place-based education may seem like a new concept, the idea of incorporating local issues and knowledge into an educational curriculum was the way children learned before formal schools were created. While they would have had the same level of interaction with others as what children do now, the only difference is that it didn’t take place in the school environment but instead outside, playing with each other before their parents called them in for tea.

You see, most children were taught by their families and by the people in their communities, not from a teacher in a classroom. This definitely didn’t do anybody any harm, as you only have to look at the many successful people that have made a name for themselves across the country and the world to see how effective this way of learning was.

To many, the idea of learning this way on a permanent basis will have never crossed their mind. This is because most people will have grown up in a world where you go through the process of seeking to find your catchment school (primary or secondary), apply, and then send your children there without any fuss. Of course, there is a chance that there will be multiple schools to choose from in the area, so a thorough discussion with your children, as well as the staff members, is of the utmost importance.

Don’t forget that the teachers will be able to offer you all the advice you need to be able to make a choice for your children. Ask for a tour to see the staff in action, and ask any questions that could sway your decision. This is something that you need to think about in significant detail.

Regardless of the school your children attend, the teachers will have a strict curriculum to adhere to. This is so your children can have a well-rounded education before they reach an age where they must decide on their careers and college choices. And with the evolution of technology, more practices will involve using iPads, tablets, and laptops, allowing your children to broaden their horizons in education, as well as working on skills they may need for their everyday life.

The idea of taking education outside of the classroom offers numerous benefits to students of all ages, and schools are using a wide variety of place-based learning techniques to enhance education. Because the competition for careers and jobs is at a new high, it has never been more important to work on your education so you have just as much of a chance as those who are from a more privileged background.

So, without any further ado, here’s a closer look at this educational model.