ERIC Number: ED390970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Using Learner Experiences To Develop Meaningful Instruction.
Williams, Belinda; And Others
The Research for Better Schools Urban Education Project is working with educators in Baltimore (Maryland) and Washington (District of Columbia) to explore how to align what students bring to school with classroom learning. This effort is centered around the concept of learner experience, an outgrowth of the project's Urban Learner Framework (ULF), which presents the urban learner as capable, motivated, resilient, and able to build on cultural strengths. Relating the learner experience to curriculum is seen in inner-city Baltimore schools where efforts to integrate learner experience into the formal curriculum and an increased awareness of the strengths students bring with them to the classroom have resulted in more respect and greater student achievement and engagement. In the District of Columbia the ULF has been used in lesson infusion plans that make sure that student background and curriculum content are connected. In both cities, the success of the ULF has resulted in plans to extend it to other schools and to use it as a foundation of efforts for educational improvement. (Contains 3 figures and 18 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Experience, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Experiential Learning, Inner City, Learning Strategies, Program Development, Relevance (Education), School Districts, Student Interests, Student Motivation, Student School Relationship, Teaching Methods, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Baltimore City Public Schools MD; Curriculum Alignment; District of Columbia Public Schools; Resilience (Personality); Urban Learner Framework
Note: For a related document, see UD 030 772.