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Place-Based Education: Dynamic Response to Current Trends

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Outdoor Environmental Education in the Contemporary World

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Place-based education (PBE) has grown and evolved considerably over the last twenty-five years. The Outdoor Environmental Education (OEE) model is rooted in early progressive education along with social improvement and sociocultural theories. The approach connects learners to the world outside the schoolhouse doors with an intentional focus on natural, cultural, and built environments. Currently, local and global communities are under great pressure to change and adapt. This chapter explores PBE as a dynamic model for teaching and learning in this context and highlights the different PBE movements and approaches that have developed in response. PBE arose in the context of domination (white supremacy, colonialism, anthropocentrism). Practitioners can recognize and integrate this fact into their design of PBE learning experiences. The chapter includes a description of an upper elementary classroom that exemplifies multiple approaches to PBE: liberal, critical place-consciousness, and indigenous PBE. The chapter concludes with an explanation of the common affordances and challenges experienced in this commendable learning community and by other PBE practitioners.

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Deepest thanks to co-author Aziza Malik for her innovation and hard work to design and lead meaningful place-based learning experiences. We also acknowledge our other close colleagues who inspire our work and share in it: Aimee Arandia Østensen, Jen Cirillo, and Joan Haley from Shelburne Farms, colleagues at PEER Associates, and fellow faculty at Antioch University New England and the University of Vermont.

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Bocko, P., Jorgenson, S., Malik, A. (2023). Place-Based Education: Dynamic Response to Current Trends. In: Činčera, J., Johnson, B., Goldman, D., Alkaher, I., Medek, M. (eds) Outdoor Environmental Education in the Contemporary World. International Explorations in Outdoor and Environmental Education, vol 12. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-29257-6_9

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