ERIC Number: ED042682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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Intrinsic Schooling: A New Yellow Brick Road.
Samples, Robert E.
Environmental Studies Program Newsletter, n1 p1,4-9 Fall 1970
This paper describes one pioneer effort to develop materials for teachers who operate on the premise that the student can learn from his environment. Three environments are considered: 1) the inner environment of the child; 2) the immediate environment in which he finds himself; and, 3) the global environment which is of so much concern to mankind. Instead of asking a student to respond to a textbook abstraction of his environment, the student is allowed to choose the investigations which in turn will serve to structure the course content. Further, the student's self-image is enhanced by allowing the emotional self to be as apparent as the logical and rational self. It is hoped that the materials "Investigating the Earth" reflect the notion that in true self-directed inquiry situations students have access to the entire process of research. Finally, an early pilot effort with inner-city ninth graders is documented. The students were asked to "go out and photograph evidence of change"; they then had to decide on the operational definition of change, what the evidence for that change was, and photograph that evidence. (SBE)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Geological Inst., Washington, DC.