National Science Teaching Association
How do we help students understand the world they live in? How do we make the science we teach relevant and relatable to their everyday environment? One approach to making science come alive for students is to engage in place-based education opportunities. Place-based education engages students with their local culture, ecology, and landscapes (PEEC 2010). It encourages students to use the land and resources in their community to learn and to better understand the environment in which they live. Research indicates that place-based education can increase student achievement and help students develop a connection to their environment (PEEC 2010). It can also be an opportunity for schools to develop partnerships in their communities with both agencies and volunteers. In implementing the unit described here, several partnerships were developed with agencies in the community and will continue in the years to come.
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