ERIC Number: ED051998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Independent Learning Project, Final Report 1967-1969.
During the 1967-69 ninth grade students at the University of Chicago Laboratory School had the opportunity to schedule various activities during an optional session when they participated in part of an independent learning project. Staff of the project included teachers of English, mathematics, science, and social studies, two librarians, a counselor, and a research associate. Seventy-three variables concerned with pupil background, indicators of study and conceptual skills, divergent thinking abilities, student self report characteristics (giving scores for sociability, diligence, individualism, and internal or external control), academic interest, use of optional time and indicators of pupil independence were analyzed. "Independence" is now seen as a mixture of habits of thought, ability, attitudes, and behavior characterizing a person willing and able to structure his own learning activities. For students initially independent, the program provided an opportunity for growth in self-reliant behavior; initially dependent students may not have benefited. Methods of differential treatment of these groups should be developed. Appendices include four papers on aspects of independent learning, copies of tests given students, and the means, standard deviations and intercorrelations for each variable studied. (AL)
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Sponsor: Illinois State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Springfield. Dept. of Program Planning for the Gifted.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.