Research and Evaluation

There is a growing body of research that supports place-based education and related fields. Educators, administrators, and program managers will find this research useful for writing grants, promoting and developing programs, and developing quality, effective curricula.

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Written and endorsed by a distinguished and diverse group of more than 50 scholars and practitioners, The Civic Mission of Schools summarizes the evidence in favor of civic education in K-12 schools; analyzes trends in political and civic engagement; identifies promising approaches to civic education; and offers recommendations to educators, policymakers, funders, researchers, and others.

This report describes the efficacy of environment-based education in helping young people become lifelong learners and leaders.

This study set out to address these gaps in the literature and to inform the practice of service-learning by examining the following research questions: What and how do students learn about citizenship through service-learning? Asked another way, in what ways do service-learning experiences contribute to students' understanding of citizenship?

McREL (Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning) has conducted several powerful meta-analyses of research on school improvement, compiling them in readable and usable reports.

Access to nature contributes to the health and well-being of young people, and helps to form a foundation for the development of responsible environmental behavior. The planning and development professions can play a key role in ensuring that young people have access to nature in their everyday lives. This fact sheet summarizes studies that identify some of the benefits that children can gain.

Can education programs improve the environment? According to the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (2005), this is one of the most important questions facing the field of environmental education as it matures and responds to challenges from critics and supporters alike. This study was aimed directly at addressing this question.

This 6-page brochure summarizes evaluation data from six place-based education programs representing nearly 100 schools (rural, suburban, and urban) covering twelve states.

McREL (Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning) has conducted several powerful meta-analyses of research on school improvement, compiling them in readable and usable reports. The key ideas of four of these reports are highlighted below: