Place-Based Education: Theory and Practice in Florence - Florence

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🚶‍♀️ Activities: Two guided city tours and a full-day excursion.
📅 Starting date: Every second Monday of the month.

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Course Description

Place-Based Education (PBE) aims at creating an immersive learning experience for students by placing them in local heritage and cultural environments. This educational philosophy isn’t just about visiting; it is about investigating, participating, creating, exploring, and contributing through engaging activities and reflection.

The course explores how PBE can be used to promote critical thinking taking the Renaissance city of Florence, Italy, as its stage location.

One of the best things about the proposed thinking activities and formulas—inspired by Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education—is that they can be easily incorporated into any situation where learning happens, and modified to fit students’ needs, interests, and/or the school curriculum. Hence, the course will foster ideas, strategies, and frameworks for teaching that can be used in different settings—i.e., virtual classrooms and/or onsite learning; along with educational experiences that can take place either indoors, outdoors, or both. Various routines, which will be practiced during the week, can be also adapted to different age groups and can be done individually, in pairs, in a small group, on a team, or as an entire class.

During in-class activities, participants will be prompted to employ, analyze, and discuss the application of various thinking routines (e.g, compare and connect, explore viewpoints, find complexity, observe and describe, question and investigate, reason), and receive suggestions for their use with students.

In outdoor activities, participants will visit four well-known neighborhoods in Florence’s historic city center, and learn how to incorporate additional thinking routines and PBE strategies to the sites visited.

By the end of this course, participants will understand how experiential learning through place and community can be included in any educational program in a whole new way. They will have also explored and experienced a variety of new powerful creative tools to add to their teacher toolbox in order to encourage the development of thinking, reflecting, noticing, and observing carefully; all of which will support student learning across age groups, disciplines, competencies, and populations.

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Upcoming sessions

09.08.2021 > 14.08.2021 (ID: 186341)
13.09.2021 > 18.09.2021 (ID: 186340)
11.10.2021 > 16.10.2021 (ID: 186345)
08.11.2021 > 13.11.2021 (ID: 186343)
13.12.2021 > 18.12.2021 (ID: 186349)
10.01.2022 > 15.01.2022 (ID: 186347)
31.01.2022 > 05.02.2022 (ID: 186355)
14.02.2022 > 19.02.2022 (ID: 186354)
14.03.2022 > 19.03.2022 (ID: 186353)
11.04.2022 > 16.04.2022 (ID: 186352)
09.05.2022 > 14.05.2022 (ID: 186351)
30.05.2022 > 04.06.2022 (ID: 186360)
13.06.2022 > 18.06.2022 (ID: 186359)
25.07.2022 > 30.07.2022 (ID: 186358)
08.08.2022 > 13.08.2022 (ID: 186357)
29.08.2022 > 03.09.2022 (ID: 186356)
12.09.2022 > 17.09.2022 (ID: 186350)
10.10.2022 > 15.10.2022 (ID: 186348)
31.10.2022 > 05.11.2022 (ID: 186346)
14.11.2022 > 19.11.2022 (ID: 186344)
12.12.2022 > 17.12.2022 (ID: 186342)

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