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ERIC Number: ED001528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Jul
Pages: 113
Abstractor: N/A
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INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. A HUMANIZING UNGRADED PROGRAM FOR ALIENATED YOUTH.
BACKER, ROBERT; AND OTHERS
A FLEXIBLE PROGRAM INITIATED AT CENTRAL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL TO DEAL WITH THE ACADEMIC AND HUMAN DETERIORATION OF STUDENTS IS DESCRIBED. A COMPARISON OF THE INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM STUDENTS WITH A MATCHED CONTROL GROUP FROM REGULAR CASES REVEALED THAT THE "CONTROLS" DID NOT IMPROVE AND, IN FACT, OFTEN SHOWED FURTHER DETERIORATION, THE UNDERACHIEVING PROGRAM STUDENTS OF HIGH AND LOW ABILITY AND OF LOW MOTIVATION SHOWED ACHIEVEMENT INCREMENTS, BOTH INDIVIDUALLY AND AS A GROUP. THE PROGRAM WAS DESIGNED WITH THE HOPE THAT OVER A PERIOD OF TIME THE QUALITY OF MATERIAL PRESENTED IN THE CURRICULUM WILL PRODUCE MEANINGFUL RESULTS IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND ACHIEVEMENT. COOPERATIVE TEACHING AS AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH WAS UTILIZED TO GIVE CONTINUITY AND MEANING TO THE PROGRAM. READING WAS DONE IN AREAS DESIGNED TO BE OF INTEREST TO THE STUDENT AND TO SERVE AS THE BASIS FOR MEANINGFUL DISCUSSIONS. DISCUSSION IS PRESENTED REGARDING THE KINDS OF INTELLECTUAL NOURISHMENT OFFERED IN INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS AIMED PRIMARILY AT FACT OR SKILL ACQUISITION RATHER THAN UNDERSTANDING. SUCH PROGRAMS TEND TO EMPHASIZE TIME-GOVERNED CONTENT. QUESTIONS ARE RAISED REGARDING THE TOTAL EFFECTIVENESS OF TRADITIONAL CONCEPTS IN CURRICULUM AND GRADE ORGANIZATION USED AS A BASIS FOR INSTRUCTION IN ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS.
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Authoring Institution: Greenwich Public Schools, CT.
Identifiers: CONNECTICUT; Connecticut (Greenwich)