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ERIC Number: ED045533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
Pages: 16
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Discovering Decision Trees in the Curriculum Jungle: A Chronicle of Group Groping.
Helburn, Nicholas
Additional insight into the High School Geography Project (HSGP) is provided by this retrospective view of the critical decisions which influenced its nature and scope. A commitment was made to materials at the expense of teacher education and other changes in the educational system. Successive choices focused on a complete but frugal package of teaching materials for a one-year course with a 30% overrun for fast teachers. Timing constraints dictated a "Dive in, do the job at the present state of the arts, and get out" approach, with no effort to do further research or maintain and expand a bureaucracy beyond completion date. The decentralization of the creative work among unit authors allowed for variety and ingenuity, while centralized evaluation and editing provided coherence and consistency. Commitment to teachability was protected by school trials with representative teachers; little attempt was made to accommodate the bottom one-third of American high school students. Evaluation was pragmatic--Did it work? Was it liked? Commercial considerations were not primary, but remained constant. The project outline occupied a large share of initial attention, but proved to be a flexible and valuable guideline. HSGP broke from tradition as far as possible, retreating to a more conventional approach when necessary. (Author/JLB)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo.