ERIC Number: ED104618
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Our Classroom is Wild America. Trailside Education in Action -- Encounters with Self, Society, and Nature in America's First Ecology Expedition School.
Cohen, Michael J.
The result of a pioneering effort in environmental education (early 1960's), this book explains and defines the concepts and activities incorporated in "expedition education". The Trailside school is described as a study/travel program for small groups of secondary students who, working toward 1 year of high school or 2 semesters of college credit, participate for 263 days in the following field studies: natural history, ecology, anthropology, archaeology, historical restoration, sociology, group dynamics, psychology, history of the American people, astronomy, and navigation, as well as courses in traditional American music and folklore, English exposition, health and physical education, geography, home economics, citizenship, earth science, guidance, and biology. A blend of the following concepts are cited as basic to successful expedition education: a return to natural origins, in reality as well as in imagination; direct contact with human beings in a real-life environment, establishing a strong basis for personal growth; a small group living together, providing each member with a chance to observe his influence on other members within the group; greater learning power when the student enjoys and involves himself in learning situations that are "totally involving"; and freedom as the key word to education. (JC)
Descriptors: Bus Transportation, Coeducation, Curriculum, Ecology, Environmental Education, Experiential Learning, Field Instruction, Fundamental Concepts, Nontraditional Education, Outdoor Education, Program Descriptions, Secondary Education, Self Evaluation, Small Group Instruction, Small Schools, Student School Relationship, Travel
Trailside Environmental Studies, Killington, Vermont 57051 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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