ERIC Number: ED155791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Innovative Practices in Secondary Education. The Lower Secondary Stage: Problems and Possibilities.
Today's adolescent is isolated from the adult world and deprived of the secure framework of beliefs, morals, and conventions needed to guide socialization. In order to achieve the modern educational goal of preparing students for coping with the real world, the peculiar and particular nature of the earlier stages of adolescence must inform all discussions of the structure, curriculum, and educational context of secondary schooling. Unfortunately, the lower secondary stage of education, covering the years when the negative aspects of adolescence are at their greatest, has largely ignored children's needs in order to follow an elitist tradition of concentration on academic disciplines and skills. Opportunities for contact with adults other than authoritarian teachers are few, and little effort has been made to open schools to the community. Three facets of lower secondary education need to be looked at in the context of the nature of the adolescent pupils to be served. These are the aims and objectives of education, the implications for the curriculum and context needed to achieve such aims, and the means needed to implement the necessary changes. Specific implications of the analysis of the nature of adolescent pupils on educational policy conclude the document. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Curriculum, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Failure, School Counseling, School Organization, Secondary Education, Student Characteristics, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.
Note: This publication is available in French under the title "l'Innovation dans l'Enseignement Secondaire"