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ERIC Number: ED088790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 15
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Opportunities for Youth: Culture Design for an Unknown Culture.
Clement, W. R.
In the summer of 1971, the Canadian federal government initiated a major youth program known as Opportunities for Youth (OFY). The program ostensibly provided summer jobs and activities for students. The contract designer reports on program design, activities, and implications for government and education. The designer's interest was an analysis of functional relationships between the rate of technological and social change and the rate of decreasing historical authority, along with identification of societal trends in an era when educational methods are less and less capable of preparing students for discontinuity created by rapid change. Two projects in the OFY program displaying an exploratory behavior not generally reinforced by industrial society were a study of gull behavior in Newfoundland, and the creation of a child's environment called the Land of Mu. The composition of the gull project team scrambled conventional academic hierarchies and traditional professor-student relationships into a joint-learning experience with rotating scientific leadership. The Land of Mu's design environment was achieved through a breakdown of traditional relationships between students, professionals, professors, labor unions, and exhibition organisers. These projects are considered by the program designer as an aid to educators for recognizing the idea and nature of technological education. (Author/KSM)
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Identifiers - Location: Canada