ERIC Number: ED343856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
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Chickens across the Curriculum: An Experiment in Experiential Learning.
Poulsen, Kristin; And Others
This paper describes: (1) the experiences of a class of 6- and 7-year-old students as they designed and built a small farm on the Laboratory School grounds at Berry College (Georgia); (2) the understanding that comes with the relevant and meaningful experience of building a farm and raising animals; (3) the infusion of Friedrich Froebel's "Kindergarten" into each component of the curriculum; and (4) a model for active parent involvement. The Laboratory School is modeled after the British primary school and provides an open-education laboratory to children. Primary emphasis at the school is on learning basic curriculum through inquiry and sensory-motor experience. Independent thinking and collaborative problem solving skills are fostered. Development of an appreciation for self, others, and learning is central to the school's mission. The curricular ripple effect of this project and the integration of subject matter around a central focus is detailed, and an expansion into science, language arts, mathematics, social studies, the arts, and beyond is demonstrated. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Berry College GA; Farms (Educational); Froebel (Friedrich)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (San Antonio, TX, February 25-28, 1992).