ERIC Number: ED103425
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Individualized Instruction through Open Structure; A Child Centered School.
Turman, Lynette; Blatt, Bobby
Carthay Center Elementary School, an urban school in Los Angeles, developed Individualized Instruction through Open Structure in order to meet the needs of a changing student population. The program attempts to excite children about learning and to reinforce basic academic skills. The child's interest, needs, and abilities are integrated into the learning environment. The classrooms have cross-age grouping; there is flexibility of time and space, an informal room environment, and a variety of learning centers. In each classroom, the students plan their day with their teacher, fill out daily or weekly schedules, share ideas and feelings in a discussion circle, and make their own evaluation of their accomplishments and progress at the end of the day. Parents and community volunteers participate in all aspects of the school program. Students enrolled in the program for three years scored an average of 11 percentile points higher in reading and 16 percentile points higher in mathematics than students who transferred into the program. On teacher, parent, and student inventories, the work habits, social and emotional development, and intellectual development of the students received positive ratings. (DDO)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of School Systems (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Unified School District, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title III