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ERIC Number: ED138572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
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The Community Based School and Community Oriented Teachers: For Student Learning in the Real World of the 1970's.
Peters, Richard O.
This document discusses the concept of a community school. Using all of the available community resources, a community school is a social service institution, and its basic goals and objectives are socially oriented. Within the parameters of a given community there exist many valuable sources of educational potential, both people and places, which can be incorporated into the instructional process from kindergarten through grade twelve and continuing into adult education. The best way for students to develop an awareness of their culture and to perceive their relationships to the collective society is for the school to provide them with opportunities for direct interaction with life space environments. Promoting a social experience curriculum does not minimize the importance or effect of of academic disciplines of study, but rather strives to incorporate out-of-school experiences into the total scope of formal learning. The community based school concept is one way by which students can gain awareness of their surroundings, can become directly exposed to the character of their community, and can develop personal, career, and social skills. The goals of such a school are: (1) developing awareness of individual responsibility; (2) learning cooperative social behaviors; (3) development of desirable social relationships; (4) development of respect for self and others; and (5) development and application of decision-making and problem-solving skills to contemporary issues. (JD)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Community Resources, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Experience Programs, Human Relations, Relevance (Education), School Community Relationship, Social Development, Social Responsibility
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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