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ERIC Number: ED002716
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 25
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UNDERSTANDING THROUGH INTERACTION--HOME AND FAMILY LIVING PROGRAM.
LAWSON, DOROTHY S.
THE HOME AND FAMILY LIVING PROGRAM DESCRIBED CONSISTS OF AN ELECTIVE COURSE IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OFFERED AT THE TWO SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK, HIGH SCHOOLS. THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THE COURSE IS FAMILY LIFE, AND IT DEALS WITH SUCH ASPECTS AS CHILD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT, FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS AND MANAGEMENT, AND SELF-CONTROL AND UNDERSTANDING. ITS UNIQUE FEATURE IS THE PROVISION OF THE LIVING LABORATORY THROUGH INTERACTION OF TEACHERS, HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS, PREKINDERGARTNERS, AND PREKINDERGARTNERS' PARENTS. THE ORIGINAL STAFF, WHICH HAS SINCE BEEN EXPANDED, CONSISTED OF A SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY TEACHER, A PREKINDERGARTEN SPECIALIST, AND A TEACHER WHO CONDUCTED THE PARENTS' GROUP. TEAM TEACHING AND STAFF COOPERATION ARE STILL MAJOR FACTORS, WITH DAILY JOINT PLANNING AND EVALUATION, WHICH HAVE RESULTED IN THE RELATION OF IDEAS FROM ONE SITUATION TO CIRCUMSTANCES IN ANOTHER. FACILITIES FOR THE PROGRAM ARE PROVIDED IN THE TWO SCHOOLS INVOLVED BY--MAKING AVAILABLE A PREKINDERGARTEN ROOM, A RESIDENTIALLY-FURNISHED CLASSROOM, AND TWO ALL-PURPOSE CLASSROOMS IN ONE SCHOOL, AND RENOVATING THE EXISTING STRUCTURE TO PROVIDE A SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY CLASSROOM, A PREKINDERGARTEN ROOM, AND TWO HOME ECONOMICS CLASSROOMS IN THE OTHER SCHOOL. BOTH SCHOOLS CONTAIN PRESCHOOL PLAY AREAS AND APPROPRIATE OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT. THE PROGRAM WAS SO SUCCESSFUL IN THE FIRST SCHOOL IN WHICH IT WAS TRIED THAT ONE CLASS WAS STARTED IN THE OTHER HIGH SCHOOL, AND IN MIDYEAR ANOTHER SECTION WAS ADDED BECAUSE OF STUDENT REQUESTS. THE NEXT FALL FIVE CLASSES IN THE FAMILY LIVING PROGRAM WERE ORGANIZED. THOSE CONNECTED WITH THE PROGRAM FEEL THAT IT HAS MATURED THE PARTICIPATING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND HAS GIVEN THEM A REALISTIC INSIGHT INTO THEIR PROBLEMS AND GOALS.
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Authoring Institution: Schenectady City School District, NY.
Identifiers: New York (Schenectady)