ERIC Number: ED070201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Planning and Operation of an Educational Park. Final Report.
Grand Rapids Public Schools, MI.
The purpose of the Grand Rapids Educational Park project is to develop the best possible working model of an area center located in downtown Grand Rapids, which would offer specialized courses for junior and senior students residing in the Grand Rapids metropolitan area. This report documents a 3-year pilot project, from the summer of 1968 through the 1970-71 school year, in which some juniors and seniors from public and nonpublic schools were transported to facilities in the central downtown areas for special courses under the umbrella of an Educational Park. The courses taught in the Educational Park met one or more of three criteria: (1) the course carried such low enrollment that it could not be offered at the base school, (2) the course facilities were too expensive to be available at all schools, and (3) the course required teachers whose skills and training were in short supply. A school for pregnant teenagers also operated within this program. The report includes data on students' perceptions of the effect on their academic and social lives of attending these classes; the perceptions of the faculty of the effects on students; the actual effects on participation in cocurricular activities of students; and perceptions held by parents of the effects on their children. (MLF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bus Transportation, Cooperative Programs, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Educational Parks, Facility Planning, Parent Attitudes, Pregnant Students, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Racial Balance, Secondary Education, Shared Facilities, Student Attitudes, Summer Programs, Teacher Attitudes, Urban Education
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Grand Rapids Public Schools, MI.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III