ERIC Number: ED099148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: N/A
Environmental Outdoor Laboratory School.
District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.
January 31 to May 28, 1971, 44 5th grade classes and teachers from the Washington, D.C. Public Schools visited the Environmental Outdoor Laboratory School, Catoctin Mountain National Park, Thurmont, Maryland. The school provided: (1) specialized training in reading and related communication skills; (2) opportunities for growth in socialization through resident experiences; (3) recreational experiences available only in an outdoor camp setting; and (4) utilization of mathematics, science, and social studies in on-site experiences to extend and clarify classroom experiences. A survey was conducted to assess the project's effectiveness and determine the importance of such a project on urban students. Interviews and questionnaires were used to gather data from the staff, visiting teachers, parents, and students. Pre-post attitude and knowledge questionnaires were administered to students during the program's first, fifth, and eighth weeks. Some findings were: (1) positive results existed on both students' attitudes and knowledge inventories; (2) there was an overall gain in knowledge in mathematics, science, and vocabulary; (3) camp staff members rated the total program "excellent" or "good"; and (4) classroom teachers felt the program contributed to the students' social growth as they experienced the responsibilities and social interchange of group living. The report's appendixes give examples of the survey instruments used, a schedule of a typical day, and lists of participating schools, personnel, and resident and visiting teachers. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Park Service (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC. National Capital Parks.
Authoring Institution: District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.