Benefits of Place-based Education

Place-based Education Evaluation Collaborative. 2010.

Benefits of Place-Based EducationThis 6-page brochure summarizes evaluation data from six place-based education programs representing more than 100 schools (rural, suburban, and urban) covering twelve states.The body of evidence reflects more than 1,000 adult interviews or focus group participants; more than 250 student interviews; more than 900 educator surveys; more than 2,700 student surveys; extensive document review; and dozens of on-site observations. 

The findings are clear: place-based education fosters students' connection to place and creates vibrant partnerships between schools and communities. It boosts student achievement and improves environmental, social, and economic vitality.

In short, place-based education helps students learn to take care of the world by understanding where they live and taking action in their own backyards and communities.

Pedagogical Area
  • place-based education, environment as integrating context (EIC)
Subject Area
  • science, math, engineering, technology (STEM)
  • reading, writing, English as a second language
  • social studies, geography, global studies
  • environmental science, environmental studies, ecological restoration
  • cultural history, folklore, racial studies, community studies
Delivery Area
  • school based
  • out of school time/after school
  • whole school change
  • professional development
Participant Area
  • student
  • educator
  • school
  • community
Demographic Area
  • urban
  • suburban
  • rural
Age Area
  • elementary (6-11 years old)
  • middle school (12-14 years old)
PEEC Tags
  • Community Mapping Program (CMaP)
  • Forest For Every Classroom (FFEC)
  • Litzsinger Road Ecology Center (LREC)
  • Local Investigations of Natural Science (LIONS)
  • PEEC Cross-Program (XP)
  • Project CO-SEED (CO-SEED)
  • Sustainable Schools Project (SSP)
  • Trail To Every Classroom (TTEC)