ERIC Number: ED090150
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Firsthand Look at the British Open School.
Staley, Gerald J.
The author of this informal critique of the British Open School spent the 1972-73 academic year as a teacher in London's Battersea School as part of an exchange program in which six British open school teachers exchanged places with six teachers from British Columbia, Canada. After a brief description of the daily and weekly program at Battersea School, the author discusses some of the strengths and weaknesses of the British open school system. The weaknesses are that a) although each child is expected to proceed at his own pace, the gifted children receive more attention than the children with learning difficulties who need more attention; b) theory often differs from practice; c) there is a lack of educational alternatives within the schools which results in poor service for about 25% of the children; d) there is little concern for children with learning problems such as dyslexia; e) the British headmistress has autonomy and authority which is unparalleled in North America; and f) the emotional exhaustion of teachers, caused by the constant movement and aggressive behavior of children, results in an extremely high turnover rate. The author notes the following strengths of the British open school: a) teachers are very dedicated; b) teachers are committed to the programs which their headmistresses initiate; and c) while teachers are severely underpaid, abundant resources are allocated for equipment and materials necessary for the operation of experiential learning programs. (HMD)
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Economically Disadvantaged, Elementary Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Open Education, Program Descriptions, Progressive Education
Oregon School Study Council, College of Education, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403 ($1.50)
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Authoring Institution: Oregon School Study Council, Eugene.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)