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ERIC Number: ED100506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 13
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Decision Making at an Early Age: An Elementary Mini Course Program.
Geiger, Philip E.; And Others
A pilot minicourse program was launched for elementary school children aged 8 to 13 years based on the assumption that children learn best when they can practice what they are being taught, and will show an increased interest in school work when they are given a role in the decision-making process. Students went through a "college style" registration four times per year, choosing approximately one-fourth of their school curriculum. Each minicourse was scheduled for a 9-week period, meeting from one to three times per week for an average of 45 minutes each. The school was divided into seven Individually Guided Education units (semi-autonomous teaching divisions of four teachers and approximately 100 students), and each unit had a different schedule and course offerings. Other practices instigated in the program involved the use of community teachers and a clear communication of course requirements and expectations. Major strengths and weaknesses of the program are discussed from the viewpoint of a special area teacher, a parent, and a classroom teacher. In general, the program has proven to be responsive to such concerns as: "forced" schooling and its disciplinary consequences, ability levels, scheduling disappointments, the increased responsibility inherent in the children's development of self-assessment and decision-making skills, and the interest and enthusiasm of all involved in the program. (CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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