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Community-based Education

Community-based (or place-based) education uses local cultural and historic resources to teach K–12 curricula. Learning is rooted in the unique history, culture, environment, literature, economy, and art of a particular place. The community provides a context for this learning, and community members serve as resources and partners in teaching. Activities, lesson plans, and units of study may focus on the following: architecture, archaeology, cemeteries, documents, folk ways, objects and artifacts, community and family history, photographs, portraits, historic sites, museums, and the urban and rural landscape.

This approach to education engages students academically by combining real world experience with classroom learning. It promotes citizenship and prepares students to respect and live well in their community. Community-based learning helps schools and communities work together.

Resources for Community-based Education
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