ERIC Number: ED084198
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Project Pride: Probe, Research, Inquire, Discover, Evaluate. Profiles of Promise 11.
Watford, Robert; And Others
A small team of social studies and English teachers in a small high school developed a unique American studies program. Activities dedicated to a better comprehension of American culture follow a humanitites approach in the use of music, literature, art, architecture, photography, history and the social sciences. Units are organized on a thematic approach with learning outcomes specified for each topic and subtopic. Although a required course which meets state requirements for American history, the students choose a learning pattern for each unit from four offered: a traditional teacher-led classroom situation, a small group independent project, an individual independent project, or a one-to-one tutorial relationship with a teacher. Multimedia resources and a special American Studies library are available. Students evaluate the program and their own progress; a narrative evaluation jointly prepared by the teacher and student has replaced teacher assigned grades. The program has been regularly and systematically evaluated and recommended improvements implemented. Questionnaires have documented positive attitude changes in parents and in students. (Relevant ERIC documents and other resources on the program conclude the profile.) (Author/KSM)
Descriptors: American Studies, Curriculum Design, Educational Innovation, Evaluation Methods, Humanities, Independent Study, Individual Needs, Individualized Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Secondary Education, Small Schools, Social Studies, Student Evaluation, Student Interests, Student Responsibility, Thematic Approach, United States History
Social Science Education Consortium, 855 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302 ($10.00, 1 copy of 30 issues; $20.00, 5 copies of 30 issues)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
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.