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Research & 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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Benefits of Place-based Education - PEEC

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

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Closing the Achievement Gap - Gerald Lieberman and Linda Hoody

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SEER is a cooperative endeavor of 16 state departments of education. SEER works to enhance student achievement, improve K-12 instructional practices and help schools achieve their improvement goals by implementing the EIC Model. This 1998 study is one of the landmarks in research on EE and student achievement.

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Quantifying a Relationship Between Place-Based Learning and Environmental Quality - Duffin, M., Murphy, M., & Johnson, B.

Pie Chart of Outcomes of Air Quality Education Programs

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.

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Benefits of Nature for Children's Health, Fact Sheet #1 - Chawla, L., & Cushing, D. F.

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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 factsheet summarizes studies that identify some of the benefits that children can gain.

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