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No More Robots

Building Kids’ Character, Competence, and Sense of Place

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Bob Coulter

This book was named a 2015 Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title.

Place-based education offers a compelling opportunity to engage students in the life of their community. More than just taking a field trip, participants in a place-based project make sustained efforts to make a difference and learn basic skills along the way. Academic concepts come to life as real-world problems are investigated from a local angle. Even global issues can be connected to the community, such as the high school in Missouri that linked local land-use choices to the «dead zone» in the Gulf of Mexico. For teachers, place-based projects offer a chance for professional revitalization as they orchestrate complex and meaningful learning environments that go well beyond scripted curriculum mandates. Both teachers and students benefit from a new level of agency as they take ownership of their work. Drawing on his own experience as a teacher and more than a decade of work supporting teachers in crafting their own projects, the author outlines the many benefits of place-based education and describes the challenges that must be overcome if we are to realize its potential.
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Coulter, Bob.No more robots: building kids’ character, competence,and sense of place / Bob Coulter.pages cm. — ([Re]thinking environmental education; vol. 2)Includes bibliographical references.1. Place-based education. 2. Environmental education.3. Moral education. I. Title.LC239.C68 370.11’5—dc23 2014002009ISBN 978-1-4331-2472-3 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4331-2471-6 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-4539-1305-5 (e-book)ISSN 1949-0747

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