ECS 210 Proposal (Place-Based Education)
While reading the beginnings of the articles I have chosen to explore, I was able to find how Place-Based Education is slowing growing throughout Canada and other countries around the world, and why it is so important to explore different learning spaces. The articles were very informative when it came to this topic, not really knowing much about what place-based education is and how it can be found in a classroom, they have given me a new view of where students should be taught and that they learn in a new environment that is not in a four walls, a Smartboard and lined desks.
The first article that caught my eye was, Place-Based Education: What is Its Place in the Social Studies Classroom? By Cynthia Williams Resor, which had grabbed my attention because of the title itself. Majoring in the Social Studies field I wanted to see if this article could have helped me with how I teach my students. The first few sentences that Resor uses to describe her article really gives any reading the reality of her topic. She states that the term “ Place-Based Education” is indeed misunderstood and misused, she provides other people’s opinions and definitions and also provides us where place-based education is used most in the schools today. Place-Based Education is mostly used within the subject of sciences, with a minor influence in the social studies. The second article that I chose was The Place of Place-Based Education in the Australian Primary Geography Curriculum, by Lou Preston. This article was interesting to find, I was not sure if I should pick this article just because it is based in Australia and has a specific subject behind it, but then I was reading and it shows how different the Place-Based Education is in two regions of the world. Preston describes his article with a positive field, he shows how place-based education and Geography can easily go hand and hand. The final article talks about rural schools and how place-based education has an effect on the smaller school. The title for the third article is Rural Schools: Small Schools, Teacher Preparation, Place-Based Education, edited by Anne Rodgers Poliakoff, but I was focusing on the chapter Accountability and Sustainability: The Dual Challenge of Education in Rural Places, by Doris Terry Williams. Being from a smaller town, I was able to see how this article describes rural schools and how they struggle with or exceed expectations with place-based education. Williams also mentions that rural schools are using this to help their communities, and she then describes how each school/community is using place-based education.
These articles have drawn my attention and I have a small connection to them, allowing me to understand each article in a different manner. I enjoyed each article as they are all different with some time gaps between them all. The oldest one that I found was 2002, and being able to see how the research has changed for this topic from then to now is astonishing. They all describe Place-Based Education in different ways with that being said I plan to get other people’s perspectives on these articles. I might re-read them, try and view them in different ways, but I definitely want to read them to family and friends getting their opinion on each one, and if they have any comments on if these articles, what are they? Did they have similar connections to them like I have?
Preston, Lou. “The Place of Place-Based Education in the Australian Primary Geography Curriculum.” Geographical Education, vol. 28, 2015, pp. 41-49. ProQuest, https://login.libproxy.uregina.ca:8443/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.libproxy.uregina.ca/docview/1773216223?accountid=13480.
Resor, Cynthia W. “Place-Based Education: What is its Place in the Social Studies Classroom?” Social Studies, vol. 101, no. 5, 2010, pp. 185-188. ProQuest, https://login.libproxy.uregina.ca:8443/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.libproxy.uregina.ca/docview/757172401?accountid=13480.
Rural Schools: Small Schools, Teacher Preparation, Place-Based Education. Edited by Anne R. Poliakoff. vol. 46, Council for Basic Education, 1319 F Street, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004-1152 (single issue, $2; annual subscription: $50), 2002. ProQuest, https://login.libproxy.uregina.ca:8443/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.libproxy.uregina.ca/docview/62290460?accountid=13480.