ERIC Number: ED120181
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
[American Primary Experimental Program (APEX).]
Vermont Univ., Burlington. Coll. of Education.
The American Primary Experience Program (APEX) is a four semester junior-senior year specialization in primary education at the University of Vermont's College of Education and Social Services. In the first semester of their program experience, students spend concentrated time as participant observers in two of three cooperating elementary schools. In the second semester, the students are involved in a 15-week methods block that includes the integrated teaching of reading, science, children's literature, mathematics, social systems, health, and physical education. A 17-week student teaching experience fulfills the third semester, and the fourth semester concludes the students' college experience with seminars and group meetings to polish teaching skills. The program is humanistically oriented, focused on self directed learning, and provides a continuing varied group experience for half the students' college life with planned interpersonal support. Highlighting the four semesters is a continued focus on personal accountability. Two thirds of the students' professional preparation is spent in APEX. (Appended are (1) a statement of the APEX philosophy, (2) a discussion of activity centered performance basing, (3) a learning experience record, (4) an explanation of the curriculum block, and (5) a budget statement. A section on elementary school science and one which presents an analysis of American primary schools have been omitted due to marginal legibility.) (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vermont Univ., Burlington. Coll. of Education.