Place-Based Learning

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Maine DOE supports the development of place-based learning as a means to achieve interdisciplinary education. This PBL aligns to learning goals by designing curriculum that connects academic learning to building connections across the community, helping students develop a sense of identity and pride. Place-based education has significant overlap with project-/problem-based learning including diving deep into a topic or a problem (often identified by the students) and culminating in a project or presentation made by the students for an audience beyond the classroom. Content area subjects are taught within the structure of the project.

Place-based education:

  • Connects the student to both local and global communities.
  • Is student-centered.
  • Is inquiry-based.
  • Enables solution-oriented design thinking.
  • Connects the community as the classroom.
  • Takes an interdisciplinary approach to content learning.

Introduction to Place-Based Learning

Take a Deeper Dive into Place Based Learning 

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