ERIC Number: ED373712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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The Odyssey Project: A Quest for School Design.
Earle, Rodney S.
The Odyssey Project is named for the Greek hero, Odysseus, who for 10 years, sought the purpose of life. The Project is based on the philosophy that a new generation of American schools must be viewed as a lifelong quest for excellence. The project is one of 11 designs for schools funded by the New American Schools Development Corporation, a private corporation in the spirit of the America 2000 strategy. This overview recounts the program's development and describes its approach. Odyssey calls for a formal system of basic schooling for students aged 3 to 18, with a developmental prenatal to age 3 component. The project will use an outcome-based education model to focus on knowledge, skills, and outcomes. Upon exit, each student should be successful as (1) a communicator; (2) a collaborator; (3) a creative producer; (4) a critical thinker; and (5) a concerned and confident citizen. Performance outcomes are to be set for each level, with world class standards for evaluating graduates. There will be five levels of schooling in a year-round schedule. Community service, parent involvement, and expanded use of technology will be features of the project. Barriers and challenges to implementation are reviewed. A fact sheet is presented as an appendix. (SLD)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Community Services, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Models, Outcomes of Education, Parent Participation, Performance Based Assessment, Preschool Education, Private Sector, Program Development, Program Implementation, Standards, Thinking Skills, Year Round Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: America 2000; Goals 2000; New American Schools Development Corporation; Outcome Based Education; Reform Efforts
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Presentations at the 1994 National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Sponsored by the Research and Theory Division (16th, Nashville, TN, February 16-20, 1994); see IR 016 784.