ERIC Number: ED052205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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A Senior High School Interdisciplinary Humanities Curriculum. Final Report.
City Univ. of New York, NY. Hunter Coll. High School.
The Hunter College High School Twelfth grade humanities curriculum was designed to end the artificiality between life and learning as found in the traditional program of studies. An effort was made to restructure the final year of high school to focus on Man rather than subjects, to see the interrelationships of the disciplines, and to end the "senior slump." The objective was to move outside the school walls and make the entire city a learning laboratory. Eight teachers in six different disciplines constituted the humanities committee who, with the project director, sought to integrate disciplines into more direct, coherent relationships. Four major themes were chosen as the central focus for each nine-week period: (1) "The Public Man," (2) "The Private Man," (3) "Man and Woman," and (4) "The Relationship of Man and Society." For each theme, the students, in consultation with one of the humanities teachers, prepared a project or some form of creative work. The level of involvement the students experienced gave them a greater qualitative understanding of achievement. Results include: (1) students feel they have gained from the program; (2) teachers and school administrators from distant schools have come to see the unique dimensions of the curriculum; (3) teachers consider it an honor to be a member of the humanities team; and (4) college admissions officers welcome the students. (CK)
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Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Hunter Coll. High School.