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ERIC Number: ED150508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Psychological Effects of Open Teaching on Primary School Children: A Review of the Research.
Horwitz, Robert A.
This book brings together in a convenient form a large amount of recent research on open classrooms. Pointing out that open education is more a philosophy than a set method, the book begins with an attempt to sketch the dimensions of the term. The chapter on recent evaluative research is especially helpful. A large number of studies are grouped by subject area and reviewed in a simple tabular format. Under "Academic Achievement," for example, are listed 58 studies, giving source, criteria for school selection, sample information, measures used, and results. Eight other areas of comparison (self-concept, attitude towards school, creativity, independence and conformity, curiosity, adjustment and anxiety, locus of control, and cooperation) are similarly dealt with. The conclusion, titled "Many Unanswered Questions," stresses the importance of continued careful evaluation to determine the best role for open education to play in the total educational environment. (Author/BP)
Descriptors: Child Psychology, Comparative Analysis, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Education, Humanistic Education, Individual Development, Literature Reviews, Nontraditional Education, Open Education, Psychological Evaluation, Self Directed Classrooms, Traditional Schools
Dean Vito Perrone, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D., 58201 ($2.00 each)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Rockefeller Bros. Fund, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A