ERIC Number: ED093363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Social Studies Activity Learning Center. A New Dimension in Personalized Learning.
Culley, Roy J.
At Marshfield Senior High School, over one-fourth of the students were note profiting from the required social studies course, as evidenced by grades and attendance. As a result, a study was made to improve social study learning experiences in order to conform to eight assumptions about student needs, such as students need activity learning; flexible progression; multimedia instruction; reinforcement strategies; and, participation in decision-making. Learning stations were established each with a learning activity that could be completed in 20 minutes with a measurable learning goal. Students progressed through the stations in pairs, earning points for each activity. Points determined grades and free time. A cycle chart was prepared by the teacher, and in an eight-day cycle, students went through 16 stations, completing the work at two stations each day. There were ten cycles a semester. The teacher managed the system, designed the learning experiences, served as a consultant, evaluated progress, provided alternatives, and researched learning experiences. Absenteeism was cut almost in half among the 25% of the failing students. Student willingness to read and follow instruction independently increased dramatically and efforts by students to design their own learning experiences increased. (WCM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Coos Bay School District, OR.
Identifiers - Location: Oregon