Place-based education (PBE), sometimes referred to as place-based learning (PBL), experiential education, community-based education, or less commonly, service learning, seeks to help communities by engaging students and educational staff in solving community problems.
Place-based teaching differs from conventional text- and classroom-based teaching in that it understands the local community of students as one of the primary learning resources: it derives learning opportunities from local community settings, which help students connect abstract concepts from the classroom and textbooks with practical challenges encountered in their own localities. Therefore, place-based education encourages learning rooted in the local – the unique history, environment, culture, economy, literature, and arts of a particular place. The site-specific training is often interdisciplinary. It aligns with several popular pedagogies, including thematic, hands-on, or project-based learning. The place-based curriculum begins with issues or issues from the local community.
In the present context, the focus is on PBE applying digitalised tools (e.g., videos or drones for on-site investigations).
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A discussion of how the exploration and understanding of a place can be the backbone of higher education teaching and learning, whether delivered online or in-person, 2 September 2021;