Student gains from Place-Based Education

Chawla, Louise and Myriam Escalante

Place-based or environment-based education uses the environment as an integrating context (EIC) across disciplines. It is characterized by exploration of the local community and natural surroundings, hands-on experiences of environmental discovery and problem-solving, inter-disciplinary curricula, team teaching, and learning that accommodates students' individual skills and abilities. Research shows that this approach delivers many benefits to students.

Delivery Area
  • school based
  • out of school time/after school
  • on site day programs (nature center, farm, etc.)
Outcome Area
  • academic performance
  • environmental knowledge, attitude and awareness
  • stewardship behavior
Participant Area
  • student
  • program
  • school
Age Area
  • elementary (6-11 years old)
  • middle school (12-14 years old)
  • high school (14-18 years old)