ERIC Number: ED061110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
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Society and the Young School Leaver. A Humanities Programme in Preparation for the Raising of the School Leaving Age.
Schofield, Michael; And Others
The Report, intended as a discussion paper, attempts to stimulate the thinking of teachers about the role of the humanities in the education of students who intend to leave school at the minimum age, and continue their education no further. Raising of the minimum school age to 16 in 1970-71 presented schools with an opportunity to re-design secondary curriculum considering that the student will shortly leave school. One of the main tasks in this report is to make some good ideas on curriculum development in this area better known. Visits were made to over 100 schools where experiments are in progress and nearly all the ideas in this report are based on various practices that work in schools. Although the given examples of successful school experiments vary, there is agreement that some form of reorganization of schools is necessary and that suitable curriculum should not focus upon content but upon the needs of the students and be: interesting and relevant; about man, his immediate environment and his community; interdisciplinary; able to offer new experiences; work-study oriented; and, thought out by the staff who will implement it. The main conclusion is that it is feasible to develop curriculum in the humanities for the young person leaving school. (Author/SJM)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Experimental Schools, General Education, Humanities, Humanities Instruction, Low Ability Students, School Organization, Secondary Education
The Financial Officer, Schools Council, 160 Great Portland Street, London, WIN 6LL
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Authoring Institution: Schools Council, London (England).; Nuffield Foundation, London (England).