ERIC Number: ED100858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Brief Guide for Teachers Towards the Utilization of the Concept of "Open Space" as an Aspect of Instructional Individualization.
This guide examines the elements of the open space concept and offers insight and suggestions as to how to employ this process in the classroom. These elements are outlined as follows: (a) objectives--primarily to develop self-respecting, self-directing, autonomous individuals; (b) knowledge and method--with emphasis on cognitive or thinking processes, as opposed to information; (c) role of the student--including decision making, self-responsibility, self-direction, and cooperativeness; (d) role of the teacher--a facilitator acting as a guide and a resource person; and (e) evaluation--continuous, involving both the teacher and the student. Individualization, seen as the vehicle through which the objectives of open space are realized, is defined through the following four elements: (a) pacing--progression of students commensurate with their attitudes, abilities, and other factors; (b) objectives--differentiation of objectives to meet individual differences; (c) materials--selection result of individuals' different objectives; and (d) personalization--adaptation of teaching methods formed more closely to the learners' personality characteristics. Several questions, dealing with teachers' fears of open-spaced schools, are discussed. (JCW)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A