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ERIC Number: ED001535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964-Jul
Pages: 29
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NONGRADED SCHOOLS.
DEAN, STUART E.
THE TWO INFLUENCES THAT INITIATED EXPERIMENTATION WITH THE NONGRADED SCHOOL WERE THE QUINCY GRAMMAR SCHOOL OF BOSTON IN 1848 AND CONCERN FOR INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES. DISCUSSED IN THIS REPORT WAS THE NONGRADED TYPE OF SCHOOL ORGANIZATION THAT ALLOWED A FLEXIBLE SITUATION AND A PERMISSIVE CLIMATE IN WHICH TEACHERS COULD ADJUST THEIR PROGRAMS IN QUANTITY, RATE, DEPTH, AND EMPHASIS TO DEAL WITH THE RANGE OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES BEFORE THEM. THE OPERATION OF MOST NONGRADED ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS USED THE ORGANIZATION OF TWO FIRST-GRADE ROOMS, TWO SECOND-GRADE ROOMS, AND TWO THIRD-GRADE ROOMS, WITH SIX TEACHERS. THE CHILDREN WOULD REMAIN IN THEIR ROOM WITH THE SAME GROUP FOR A PERIOD OF 2 OR 3 YEARS, DEPENDING UPON THE BASIC PATTERN OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE. A DESCRIPTION OF ONE NONGRADED SCHOOL WAS THE MIDDLETOWN HIGH SCHOOL IN MIDDLETOWN, RHODE ISLAND. HERE, NO ONE FAILED, BECAUSE EACH PUPIL WAS PERMITTED AND ENCOURAGED TO LEARN AT HIS OWN PACE. THE CONTENT OF THE CURRICULUM IN EACH OF THE SUBJECT FIELDS HAD BEEN ORGANIZED INTO SEQUENTIAL STEPS. EACH PUPIL BEGAN A SEMESTER AT THE POINT HE HAD REACHED IN THE CURRICULUM SEQUENCE DURING THE PREVIOUS SEMESTER. THE PUPIL WAS EVALUATED SEPARATELY IN TERMS OF QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF LEARNING, HOW MUCH HE HAD LEARNED AND HOW WELL HE HAD LEARNED IT WERE IMPORTANT.
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Authoring Institution: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA; MASSACHUSETTS; Massachusetts (Boston); Middletown High School RI; Quincy Grammar School MA; RHODE ISLAND