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ERIC Number: ED127229
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Pages: 79
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Humanizing Education by Improving Communication: The Report of a Curriculum Project in Rural Elementary Schools.
Doll, Ronald C.
This publication describes a pilot instructional project in humanizing education undertaken by rural elementary schools in Cumberland County, New Jersey. The publication discusses the philosophy behind the program and the nature of the training conferences conducted for teachers and administrators; provides sample exercises, objectives, and activities of the curriculum used; and presents an analysis of the formative evaluation. The project planners believe that humanization of elementary schools might be increased if the individual child's self-concept were enhanced through improved ability to communicate. With this idea in mind, teachers choose as the basis for their curriculum the Human Development Program of Harold Bessell and Uvaldo Palomares and use many of the communication skill development ideas of Nicholas J. Anastasiow. Children participate in the "Magic Circle" and express themselves through bodily movement, art activities, and dramatics. Formative evaluation results are positive and show that participating children have become increasingly outgoing, considerate of others, and able to perform in the presence of strangers. Teachers indicate that program participation enabled them to see children as "whole people" and increased their understanding of children's problems and their consciousness of their own nonverbal behavior. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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