ERIC Number: ED050826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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The World of the Child.
Palmer, Lee, Ed.
The Early School Environment Study (ESES), developed by Paul Park and a team of ten teachers, begins with the philosophy that children learn through the solution of practical problems that are meaningful to them, and expands this approach beyond the science framework into the learning of language, mathematics, and social studies. This booklet was prepared partly as a survey of the work of the ESES study to date, and partly as an interim guide for teachers and principals. It offers a structured and practical methodology for implementing the child-centered approach to teaching and learning. Suggestions are given for program planning, covering such topics as methods of motivation, supplies, books, resource people, grouping of children, time arrangements, and so on. Each project has a starting point (rocks, woods, families, stamps, pirates, the human body) that serves as a springboard into the self-motivated process of inquiry and discovery characterizing ESES. Activity flow charts used in projects show sample explorations of the children's environment. Other topics discussed are: the roles of teacher and principal; the disinterested child; evaluation; teacher workshops. Lists of resource materials are included. (NH)
Descriptors: Class Organization, Curiosity, Curriculum Development, Discovery Learning, Elementary School Curriculum, Evaluation, Experimental Schools, Instructional Materials, Principals, Student Interests, Student Motivation, Teacher Role, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto 5, Ontario, Canada ($1.50)
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Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.