ERIC Number: ED101868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Sep
Reference Count: 0
SPURS (Staffing Plan for Upgrading Rural Schools) User's Guidebook for Life-Involvement Model Curriculum/Instructional Materials.
Peterson, Inez W.; Smith, Lucille W.
The broad purpose of the Western States Small Schools Project (WSSP), an Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III project, is to improve education in small rural schools. Undertaken by WSSP, SPURS attacks the lack of specialized education services and general lag in implementing improved educational practices in rural areas. A long-range goal of SPURS is to provide the students with a total curriculum based upon the Life-Involvement Model (LIM). Since LIM develops competence by direct engagement with the real world, the subject matter is taken from the environment in which the child lives. Students are taught to: (1) proceed under their own direction, exploring unfamiliar areas of their environment; and (2) practice making and executing decisions, putting them into effect and experiencing the consequences of their actions, and modifying their behavior in response to the feedback. LIM involves 3 general types of instruments: (1) Carrier Projects, (2) Units, and (3) Ventures. This booklet is primarily an outline to accompany a workshop conducted by experienced LIM personnel. Based upon project experiences during the 1971-72 school year, this guidebook includes: (1) a rationale for the LIM; (2) a description of the instrumental products and guidelines for producing them; and (3) sample record keeping systems. (NQ)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Projects to Advance Creativity in Education.
Authoring Institution: Nevada Western States Small Schools Project, Carson City.