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ERIC Number: ED105925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Dec-12
Pages: 44
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Application of the Gestalt Theory of Learning in Teaching a Unit of Study Dealing with Air Pollution in Polk County.
Nelson, Hershel H.
This practicum was designed to demonstrate the value of Gestalt learning theory in teaching a unit of study on air pollution in Polk County, Florida. Students researched specific viewpoints based upon assigned positions in regard to air pollution (Cattlemen's Association, Florida Phosphate Council, Florida Citrus Mutual, Mid-State Lung Association, Environmental Protection Commission, Audubon Society, Chamber of Commerce, American Association of Retired People), and presented their positions at a mock public hearing dealing with the establishment of air quality standards and extension of time for violating industries not complying with existing air quality standards. Later they were asked to reverse their roles and assume the responsibility of the hearing examiner in rendering fair decisions in the best interest of the general public. A pre- and post-attitudinal survey was conducted to determine the effectiveness of this technique in broadening students' insight into the whole picture of air pollution as it relates to the economy, private interest groups, and the general public. Results of the post-test reflected measurable changes in attitudes toward violating industries, reasons for establishing air quality standards, and the public hearing as a technique for collection of data. The attitudinal survey, a notice of public hearing, a sample testimony, and background statements on each group are appended. (DC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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