ERIC Number: ED072133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
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St. Paul Open School: The St. Paul Public Schools Independent School District Number 625. Evaluation Report, August 1972. Final Report.
Joiner, Lee M.
The St. Paul Open School, funded in part under Title III of the 1965 Elementary Secondary Education Act, is a non-graded kindergarten through twelfth grade school where students progress at their own rate of speed in each area of learning. It is child-centered rather than subject-centered, with the emphasis on learning rather than teaching; on cooperation, not competition, with imaginative and flexible teachers acting as guides, counselors, and facilitators rather than lecturers, authoritarians, and examiners. Instruction and evaluation are individualized for the approximately 500 student participants. There are few, if any, "required" courses of study at any level. The basic skills are still important, of course, particularly for the younger students. A wide range of student decision-making includes a choice of adviser, teachers, classes, activities, and educational goals. Many individual and small-group activities occur rather than large groups of children doing the same thing at the same time. Students have the opportunity to interact with students of various ages and backgrounds for different activties. Outside resources such as art centers, businesses, and factories are used extensively, particularly by the older students. The design of the Open School includes three types of areas: quiet, semi-quiet, and active. There is a large resource area serving as a library. Strong involvement of parents is encouraged. (Author/JM)
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Sponsor: Saint Paul Public Schools, Minn.
Authoring Institution: Teaching and Learning Research Corp., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota; Minnesota (Saint Paul)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III