Maine ASCD Journal of Maine Education

Journal 2015

The Journal of Maine Education is published by the Maine chapter of ASCD with acknowledgements of in-kind contributions from the University of Maine at Augusta. Our mission is to shape, energize and customize learning for all Maine educators.

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Volume XXXI - Page 88 - 2015 PRE-SERVICE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING Shared Space, Shared Knowledge: THE FARWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND BATES COLLEGE BASIC CONCEPTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION COURSE PARTNERSHIP During the past three fall terms at Bates College (Lewiston, ME), students in the Basic Concepts in Special Education course, taught by Anita Charles, traveled to local Farwell Elementary School for each class session. As of 2011, 22% of Farwell's student population received special education services (State of Maine Department of Education, 2011). At Farwell, Bates students utilized an available classroom as a space not only to hold class, but also interact and learn from students, teachers, and staff from Farwell's special education program. Over time, the classroom at Farwell became a learning space characterized by meaningful interactions between members of the Bates course and individuals of the Farwell Elementary School community. Although many classes at Bates explore aspects of the community in relation to course content, the fall 2012 Special Education course was the first Bates course to be held in an elementary school classroom. Bronfenbrenner (1994), in his definition of situated learning, recognizes that the environment in which growth, development, and learning occurs has an important impact on learning. erefore, space affects learning, which affects knowledge growth and exchange. e partnership between Bates College and Farwell Elementary School created the opportunity for greater exchange of knowledge that might not otherwise be possible. A complementary point of research to situated learning is place-conscious education, which is explained by both Allen (1999) and Lefebvre (1991). ANITA S. CHARLES SARAH KORNACKI

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