Place-based education


Unleashing the power of the collective in education

The SVA Bright Spots Schools Connection is a Collaborative Leadership Development Network (CLDN) launched in 2014 by Social Ventures Australia. A review of international literature, presented in this report, shows that in recent decades, collaboration has become a priority in schooling and education reform across...
Report collection

The Living Pavilion research report

This report provides a summary of the design, programming and research conducted at The Living Pavilion, a regenerative placemaking project which took place at the University of Melbourne.
Case study

Creative technologies: a case study of place-based learning and teaching in the digital age

This report highlights current considerations on the potential role of new and emerging digital technologies in education. Its purpose is to bring together recent literature on digital literacy and online technologies, particularly new technologies such as smartphones and locative media, in supporting educators in the...
Journal article

Futures in primary science education: connecting students to place and ecojustice

Working with teachers and their students, the Water Literacies Project provided an ideal opportunity to explore a range of pedagogical approaches and practices which connect students to their everyday world, both now and in their possible futures, through place-based learning.
Journal article

Designing for diverse learning: case study of place-based learning in Design and Technologies pre-service teacher education

This study reports on the design and development processes that pre-service teachers adopted to produce a sensory teaching resource to stimulate interaction, coordination and fine motor skills for students with diverse learning needs.

Fresh water literacies: transdisciplinary learning for place and eco justice

The aim of the Fresh Water Literacies Project was to build on primary aged students' understanding of the importance and finite availability of natural resources.

The state of play in Australian place-based approaches for children

Executive summary Overview Increasingly, governments, philanthropy, practitioners and communities in Australia have recognised place-based approaches as a means to tackle disadvantage and address the complex problems faced by children and families in today’s society. However, there is a perceived lack of cohesion in describing place-based...

Big thinking on place: getting place-based approaches moving

Executive summary Increasingly, governments in Australia have recognised place-based approaches as a means to tackle disadvantage and address the complex problems faced by children and families in today’s society. While many place-based initiatives have generated rich learning experiences and positive results, too often lessons have...

A snapshot of place-based activity promoting children’s wellbeing

This publication provides a snapshot of who is driving, doing and supporting place-based approaches to improve children’s outcomes. The snapshot is made up of two parts: Table 1: Australian child-focused place-based policies, leading practice in communities, research, and organisations and initiatives offering strategic coordination in...
Literature review

The evidence: what we know about place-based approaches to support children’s wellbeing

The evidence summary begins by considering the importance of place. This leads to a discussion of why different approaches to services and service delivery are required, including a brief description of recent changes in the conditions in which families are raising young children and the...