ERIC Number: ED244858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Testing the Applicability of a School Curriculum Model in a Non-School Environment.
The purposes of this investigation were to describe the curricular elements of a museum and to determine if the framework for interpreting a school curriculum found in "A Study of Schooling" (Goodlad & Associates, 1979) is applicable to the informal curriculum of the non-school setting. Eight museums were studied; curators were interviewed, and 442 visitors observed. The nine curriculum variables from "A Study of Schooling" which were used are: goals and objectives, materials, content, learning activities, strategies, evaluation, grouping, time, and space. Each variable's appropriateness for describing a museum curriculum is discussed. Results show that "A Study of Schooling's" model can be restructured and used as a framework to guide a study of a non-school setting. Suggestions for revisions are offered. The study's major implication is that experiential learning needs further investigation to reveal ways of bringing the formal and experiential curriculum into congruence. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Descriptive Research; Formal Education; Heuristic Models; Study of Schooling (A)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).