ERIC Number: ED080401
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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Community Laboratory in Political Science. Profiles of Promise 8.
Bilek, Robert; Haley, Frances
The Community Laboratory in Political Science (CLIPS) is a unique combination of American government and exploratory work experience. Each semester 16 seniors from four high schools in Salinas work in community agencies and receive credit for both government and work experience. The major objective of the program is to provide students with personal experience with governmental agencies so they might develop a more positive attitude toward state and local government. To achieve this, the project organizer. Robert Bilek, asked each agency participating in the program to indicate the type of process they would like interns to experience. Initially, there was difficulty in getting agencies to participate in the program. After the first semester; however, agencies who had heard about the program began to call to volunteer their services. The participation of 25 agencies makes it possible for students to alternate between about 6 agencies in one semester. There are no grade requirements for the program, but students do need parental approval to participate and must furnish their ouw transportation Because students receive academic credit, Bilek must visit them on the job and talk with their supervisors. Students are also asked to keep anecdotal records of their experienes. which are taken into account when assigning grades. Bilek notes that the cost for the program is minimal; only his time is necessary to coordinate the program. (JLB)
Descriptors: Civics, Community Involvement, Community Organizations, Educational Innovation, Field Experience Programs, Grade 12, Laboratory Training, Local Government, Political Science, Public Affairs Education, Public Agencies, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Social Studies, State Agencies, State Government, United States Government (Course), Work Experience Programs
Social Science Education Consortium, 855 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302 ($10.00, 1 copy of 30 issues; $20.00, 5 copies of 30 issues)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.