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mbul.gifAbout Problem Solvers
mbul.gifWHAT IS COMMUNITY BASED LEARNING?
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WHAT IS COMMUNITY BASED LEARNING?

A group of educators wanted students to see the effect of social policy as it plays out in real life situations. They reasoned that learning is supposed to make a difference in a student's life and in the world. Community-based learning is the bridge between the intellectual classroom and real life. It's not so much what is learned in textbooks, as what is done with the theories outside the classroom.

The Foundation has a strong interest in education reform with a bias against isolating teachers and young people from the rest of the community. We therefore support community based learning. We also recognize that research skills and the ability to reason and communicate are more essential than ever for successful interaction in the real world.

We know that students, in the classroom, have time to research more thoroughly than most adults do. By preparing to defend or attack issues, students will learn how to get along in a group setting, how to research and improve their oral and written communication skills and discover what is required of a good citizen and a knowledgeable voter. They will also be learning a great deal about their community and the way government works.

By attempting to solve problems in their communities, students will learn to be creative and courageous. They will also discover that is not enough unless they have facts with citations and have learned how to think logically. They will learn no one will listen unless they can reason.

Students will feel important and will take their studies more seriously because they are making a worthwhile contribution. Communities will recognize this also and will listen to their children because they realize that these young people truly have no ax to grind; no ox to gore. The pride they take in the idealism of their children will remind them of their own youthful eagerness to solve problems.

We have no doubt students will gain recognition and self esteem by participating in our Problem Solvers program.

 

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