ERIC Number: ED042505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Apr-10
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The Southside Experiment in Personalized Education.
Spaulding, Robert L.
In order to provide more participation by students in making the day-to-day decisions of academic life, the Southside School in Durham, North Carolina is presently involved in a 5-year experimental program for disadvantaged children. A part of that program is a pilot project of individualized instruction which permits continuous progress with increasing degrees of freedom, responsibility, and decision-making on the part of the students. The project, called Personalized Educational Programming, involves 60 first-, second-, and third-graders who are grouped into four family groups or "prides" that meet periodically for planning or group activity. Each child plans his own daily schedule with the assistance of a teacher and within the specific time constraints and subject requirements for that day. Guidelines, suggested projects, and sample schedules are posted for students' perusal. The amount of freedom and autonomy an individual student is permitted depends on his past demonstrations of personal responsibility. The project has been operating since September, 1968, and evaluations are scheduled for summer, 1969, and the 1969-70 school year. (MH)
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Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Duke Univ., Durham, NC.