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ERIC Number: ED139613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
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Free Choice Experiences: How Do They Help Children Learn? Advancing Education Through Science-Oriented Programs, Report PSc-20.
Linn, Marcia C.
Discussed are how a free choice environment can be established in the classroom, the motivational advantages to including free choice in an enrichment program, and how implementing a free choice environment can serve as a teacher training tool. Several free choice studies are described. In one such study, a free choice situation was set up in three regular fifth-grade classrooms as an aid to instruction. In two classes free choice was combined with direct instruction in scientific reasoning; in the third class, free choice alone was presented. It was found that free choice combined with instruction was more effective than free choice alone in teaching scientific reasoning. (MH)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Instruction, Science Education, Student Role
Marcia C. Linn, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720 (free)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A