The time and place edge

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A synopsis of Milton Chen's Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation.

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The time and place edge

  1. 1. The Time/Place Edge This edge describes the time and place with which education takes place in the United States today. In Chen‟s words “When the world‟s learning resources are always on, 24/7/365, the institution of school is gradually shifting to enable learning „anytime, anyplace‟” (2010, p. 139). There are many reasons for this shift to occur:  Technology  Cultural Changes  Changes in the workforce  Achievement Gaps
  2. 2. The Time Factor In the United States, unlike other countries in the world, the ability for learning to occur is regulated by the clock and the class change bell. The school schedule not only limits learning, but also increases the separation between subject areas. Increasing the time spent in class will have little impact unless there is a fundamental change in what teachers do within that time. This is best described with a quote from the book, “A lousy eight hour day is worse than a lousy six hour day” (2010, p. 145).
  3. 3. Place Based Learning Inplace based learning, students explore topics outside of the classroom. This type of learning is an extension of problem based learning. This allows for students to see the application of school concepts in real life. These learning communities rely on support from the community and outside government agencies. Place based learning can take place in zoos, national parks, local ecosystems, museums, factories, and even farmer‟s markets.

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