ERIC Number: ED033457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May
Reference Count: 0
Independent Study: Academic Freedom, New Style.
National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
This research report summarizes a study of independent study projects in 36 American secondary schools selected from a list of 317 schools nominated as having definite and organized independent study programs. The investigators found 8,584 students in the 36 schools involved in independent study programs. Independent study is defined as learning activity that is (1) motivated by the learner's own aims, (2) rewarded in terms of its intrinsic values, (3) somewhat independent of the class, and (4) using the services of teachers primarily as resources for the learner. Most schools offered independent study in from two to seven areas. The field drawing the largest number of students was science, followed by English and social studies. Questionnaire data gathered from 300 teachers showed that those teachers who have had experience with independent study programs favor their expansion. (MF)
Descriptors: High School Students, High Schools, Independent Study, Individualized Programs, Laboratories, Library Collections, Released Time, Resource Materials, Resource Teachers, Scheduling, Secondary Schools
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1201 Sixteenth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. ($.50 single copy, quantity discounts).
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Note: Summary of findings to be published: Alexander, William M.; Hines, Vynce A. Independent Study in Secondary Schools. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.