ERIC Number: ED102202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Perception of Choice and Contribution to Environment.
Aldrich, Ruth Anne
Southeast Alternatives, the name given to the Minneapolis Public Schools' Experimental School Project, a plan testing comprehensive change in education, was initiated in 1971 with the intent to bridge the gap from research and experimentation to practice. Marcy Open School, one of the alternative elementary schools, offers flexible curriculum, scheduling and age grouping, with emphasis on helping children to learn to think and to make independent judgments. As part of a goal evaluation for the 1973-74 school year, a children's interview was designed and divided into two sections, (1) children's perceptions of choices of activities available to them during a school day, and (2) children's perceptions of the contributions of themselves, of adults, and of peers to the school environment. The same questions were asked of six of the ten classroom teachers to reveal their perceptions of the day. Results of the interview are presented in diagram form and confirm that children at Marcy School understand that they have many possible choices during the day, and that they, their teachers, and peer group, contribute to the academic and social setting of the school. (RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minneapolis Public Schools, Minn. Southeast Alternatives Program.