ERIC Number: ED062242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
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Independence and Community in Our Schools.
During the past few years a new trend in day to day schooling has developed, namely independent studies, that involves learning experience between people. This monograph presents the idea that there is a relation between independence in school programs and a desire for "community" (the coming-together of people) which is mutually nourishing. Independence and community are intertwined, inter-dependent, and compliment one another. Although at the present time the majority of programs are intended for senior high students, a number of schools incorporate the programs at an earlier age. For example, in Greenwich, Connecticut at the Whitby School, younger children are learning on their own in a social setup and, furthermore, learning what is of interest to them. Many teachers and students feel that the actual experience gained outweighs the outcome of the independence-community project. Student feedback to the schools indicates that the experience with people is vital regardless of whether the specific activity engaged in is like or not. Students working on independent projects within a community favorably report a gain of insightful knowledge and understanding and a growing awareness of the humanity of all people. (Author/SJM)
Descriptors: Community Study, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Education, Independent Study, Individualized Instruction, Individualized Programs, Relevance (Education), School Community Programs, Secondary Education, Social Change, Student Attitudes, Student Projects, Student School Relationship, Teaching Methods
National Association of Independent Schools, Four Liberty Square, Boston, Massachusetts 02109 ($1.00)
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Authoring Institution: National Association of Independent Schools, Philadelphia, PA.