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Place-based Curriculum Design

Exceeding Standards through Local Investigations

By Amy B. Demarest

© 2015 – Routledge

172 pages

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About the Book

Place-based Curriculum Design provides pre-service and practicing teachers both the rationale and tools to create and integrate meaningful, place-based learning experiences for students. Practical, classroom-based curricular examples illustrate how teachers can engage the local and still be accountable to the existing demands of federal, state, and district mandates. Coverage includes connecting the curriculum to students’ outside-of-school lives; using local phenomena or issues to enhance students’ understanding of discipline-based questions; engaging in in-depth explorations of local issues and events to create cross-disciplinary learning experiences, and creating units or sustained learning experiences aimed at engendering social and environmental renewal. An on-line resource (www.routledge.com/9781138013469) provides supplementary materials, including curricular templates, tools for reflective practice, and additional materials for instructors and students.

Reviews

Winner of the 2015 American Association for Teaching and Curriculum’s O.L. Davis, Jr. Outstanding Book Award!

"What I find especially helpful in this book is the deliberate and repeated way it demonstrates what it means to transform experiences outside the classroom into meaningful ‘texts’ that are worthy of close examination and analysis. It also provides many examples of ways this process can lead children and youth to become the creators of knowledge rather than only its consumers. As educators we neglect this possibility at our peril and the peril of students who learn in too many classrooms to become disengaged and uninvolved. The learning experiences described here serve as an antidote to that kind of alienation."

Gregory Smith, Lewis & Clark College, USA

"An excellent introduction to the many curriculum projects that are available to the K-12 teacher just outside the classroom door. Drawing from a variety of approaches—from service learning, to place-based learning and integrated, thematic instruction—this book shows how extending the classroom into the community is not only possible, it’s potentially transformative for both students and teachers."

Jay Roberts, Earlham College, USA

"A comprehensive and thought-provoking approach to engaged learning that benefits individuals and communities. Through the curriculum planning guides, insightful quotations from scholars, and eloquent narratives of practicing teachers, we see hopeful possibilities for what education and schooling could become."

Christy M. Moroye, University of Northern Colorado, USA

"Demarest is clear and concise with her language and profiles six different teachers throughout her book to highlight and complement her central points. Current K-12 teachers and those studying to become teachers themselves would benefit immensely from the tools provided here."

Matthew Pariselli , Green Teacher (107, Fall 2015)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

PART I: PLACE-BASED EDUCATION: THEORY AND PRACTICE

Teacher Portrait #1: Kate Toland

Chapter 1. What is Place-based Curriculum Design?

Chapter 2. How Does Place-based Education Work in Real Classrooms?

PART II: ELEMENTS OF PLACE-BASED CURRICULUM DESIGN: PURPOSE AND FUNCTION

Teacher Portrait #2: Sharyl Green

Chapter 3. Personal Connections are the Foundation of All Learning

Teacher Portrait #3: Gay Craig

Chapter 4. Local Investigations Deepen Subject Understanding

Teacher Portrait #4: Ellen Temple

Chapter 5. Local Investigations Build Holistic Understanding of Places

Teacher Portrait #5: Jean Berthiaume

Chapter 6. Local Investigations Build Opportunity for Civic Engagement

PART III: PLANNING FOR LOCAL LEARNING: LOGISTICS AND CHALLENGES

Teacher Portrait #6: Judy Elson

Chapter 7. Place as Text

Chapter 8. Planning for Teaching in Local Places

PART IV: MOVING FORWARD: STRATEGIES FOR SCHOOL CHANGE

Teacher Portrait #7: Anne Tewksbury-Frye

Chapter 9: Changing Practice Changes Schools

About the Author

Amy B. Demarest teaches standards-based curriculum design, authentic assessment and watershed education in northern Vermont. A central theme of her work, first as a middle-grades classroom teacher and now at the university level, is to find ways to design curriculum that engages students in the stories, questions, and issues found in the places they live (ourcurriculummatters.com).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU007000
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDU021000
EDUCATION / Non-Formal Education
EDU029000
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / General

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