ERIC Number: ED097168
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Discovery Through Outdoor Education. ESEA Title III, Evaluation Report, School Year 1973-74.
Macomb County Intermediate School District, Mount Clemens, MI.
Funded in the fall of 1971, the project "Discovery Through Outdoor Education" serves the handicapped children of Macomb County (Michigan). The participants are physically, mentally, and emotionally handicapped children who qualify for special education services. Objectives are to: (1) improve youngsters' achievement in regular school subjects, their self-concept, interpersonal relationships, and leisure skills; (2) train special education teachers to utilize the outdoors for providing learning opportunities to handicapped children; (3) test an outdoor education model for improving the learning and lives of these children; (4) educate and involve parents in the program; and (5) train and utilize college students as teacher aides for handicapped students. During the 1973-74 school year, workshops and laboratory sessions designed exclusively for special education teachers, and handicapped students were conducted by the project staff. These were evaluated using either standardized achievement tests or criterion-referenced measures. The results, presented in chronological order, indicated the project was successful in achieving its objectives in the area of teacher inservice training; the mean gain of the students attending the outdoor laboratories was not greater than that of the control group; and the outdoor education experience did not have any impact on student achievement in the traditional sense. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Projects to Advance Creativity in Education.
Authoring Institution: Macomb County Intermediate School District, Mount Clemens, MI.