Jana Lo Bello Miller
Place based outdoor integrated education in the general elementary setting aims to connect student learning in subjects such as reading and math to first hand schoolyard experiences. This educational practice is anchored in a wealth of research which enumerates the benefits. Yet implementation is not commonly supported within general education teacher professional development. This capstone aims to answer the question How can urban elementary educators take advantage of schoolyard resources for integrated place based learning experiences? The final product is a professional development sequence that introduces general education classroom teachers to the joys and benefits of outdoor integration through circle conversations, place based schoolyard learning experiences, and relevant research in support of these practices. Teacher beliefs are examined through circle conversions designed to build community and capacity. Connections to equity and culturally responsive teaching are made through evidence based practices and self reflective discussion, and the deficit model lens which inhibits implementation is challenged.
Adult Education, Community Building, Teachers/ Teaching
Greenawald, Cora, "Increasing Student and Educator Participation in Outdoor Classroom Spaces Through Teacher Education and Community Connection" (2023). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 956.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects