ERIC Number: ED237404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Learning-Centered Approach to Middle School Social Studies Developed around a Semi-Contractual Modular Format.
Sparapani, Ervin F.
An example of a unit of study in social studies for the middle school using learning center experiences to enhance and enrich the learning process is provided. In the learning center approach to individualizing instruction, the teacher facilitates and guides, but the students are ultimately responsible for their own progress. This unit, intended for the "C" or middle range student, utilizes the contract method. The unit is based on Unit 5: "Man in His Environment" from the textbook "Sources of Identity" by Paul F. Brandewein, et al. (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.). Through a variety of individual activities, including viewing films, filling in maps, participating in group discussions, completing worksheets, and reading and discussing textbook selections, students learn about people who live in the deserts of the Middle East and Africa. The unit of study contains educational objectives, a pre-test, learning experiences, a posttest, additional learning experiences, and quest activities (enrichment activities including a world leaders center, a current events center, a maps and charts center, and a reading center). Appendices contain a module planning sheet and various student handouts for use in the unit. (RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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