ERIC Number: ED039309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Learning through Aviation. Final Report.
This study summarizes the effects of an educational experiment which used a light, single engine airplane to generate basic instructional and behavioral changes in an inner city junior high school class. The project involved 25 disadvantaged area, 13-year-old boys and their parents, four regular staff teachers, two pilot instructors and a college student tutor. Evaluative research sought to determine the feasibility of an interdisciplinary aerospace program, under the direction of average teachers, in motivating this group of low and underachieving pupils, characterized by negative self-perception, behavioral problems, poor attendance, truancy, high rates of suspension, and grades too poor for college entrance. Research objectives included a determination of the value of the flight program in terms of increased motivation. That is, the extent the flight program has succeeded in (1) motivating the students to achieve academically; (2) motivating the students to attend school more regularly; (3) motivating the students to become involved a greater percentage of their classroom time in instructional and less disruptive and resistant behavior; (4) elevating the level of self-esteem and aspiration of the pupils; (5) improving the chances of higher education for the pupil; and, (6) altering the perception of the teachers and parents of these youths as regards their scholastic ability. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Richmond Unified School District, CA.