'Schooling' and 'Education' are Not Synonyms

Four graduate students from Bank Street’s Leadership in Community-Based Learning Program (LCBL) presented original research at the annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education on February 25, 2012. 
Community Educators Bonnie Pauska, Clara Waloff, Tal Bar-Zemer, and Michael LoGuidice discussed projects completed for Dr. Linda Levine’s semester-long course, “Community-Based Action Research.” In keeping with the Forum’s theme of “Communities of Inquiry,” the projects were undertaken in collaboration with stakeholders for whom participation offered an opportunity to explore what was (or was not) working in their setting and to improve their educational practice. All of the projects shared an emphasis on widening options for teaching and learning.
The first project, “One Heart to Another,” was presented by Early Childhood Director Bonnie Pauska, who examined the initiation and progress of an intergenerational art program that fosters relationships and understanding between preschool children and seniors at a nearby residential center. The program promotes a humanistic, student centered approach to learning across the generations, and provides essential engagement for the residents while increasing the children’s comfort and familiarity with seniors. The Community of Inquiry included school staff, senior facility staff, senior residents, parents, and children who participated in data collection, reflection, analysis, and planning.
Clara Waloff, an artist and a community educator in Brooklyn, presented “Put Yourself in My Shoes: Toward Social Change and Community Development through the Arts.” Waloff studied a group of urban adolescents who addressed the question, “How can we create art that is beautiful yet

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