ERIC Number: ED087690
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
A Student-Centered Approach to Social Studies. Profiles of Promise 18.
Pratt, Francis; Hawke, Sharryl
Jim Donovan conducts a child-centered rather than program-centered classroom. His fifth graders are often problem children but his techniques are useful for all children. He tries to help students develop respect for themselves and others, expand their interest in life, overcome emotional and learning problems, clarify values, and develop positive attitudes. Donovan attacks problems on an individual basis, but his social studies unit on divorce grew from the realization that more than half of this students are affected by the lack of one or both parents. Developing the whole child, not dealing only with problems, is the purpose behind his attempts to develop self-esteem by providing low-risk challenges that lead to success. Getting along with others, good personal habits, and widened horizons contribute to the development of the whole person too. Through dramatic projects, role playing, reading to first graders, and self-directed free time, Donovan tries to implement his goals. The child-centered approach used in his class may give other teachers ideas to adapt in their own classrooms. (JH)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Educational Environment, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Individual Development, Individual Needs, Learning Problems, Low Ability Students, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Social Studies, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Participation, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
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.
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska