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ERIC Number: ED167317
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Outdoor Education: Community Studies Through Field Experiences.
Swan, Malcolm D.
Field experiences in which high school students work away from the classroom to study their own communities are often considered to be the most valuable aspect of an educational program. However, the educator who seeks to provide field experiences for students must plan and organize this program carefully. He must establish clearly defined objectives and communicate them to administrators, peers, and students. Scheduling arrangements to give students more time away from school should be arranged. The teacher must become familiar with potential "liability" problems associated with field trips and take precautions to assure the safety of his students. He should carry personal professional liability insurance. He must lay groundwork in identifying sites and approaching resource people. Students must be counseled on appropriate behavior, including proper conduct, interviewing techniques, and sensitivity to the rights, feelings and needs of those with whom they come in contact. Follow up activites should continue on the study long after student reports are turned in. This document is intended to encourage and guide teachers interested in community studies. It describes the value of such work, lists potential subject areas, and discusses exemplary community studies. Steps to organize and conduct a study are presented along with samples of questionnaires and data gathering forms. (DS)
Descriptors: Community Study, Community Surveys, Demonstration Programs, Experiential Learning, Field Experience Programs, Field Instruction, Field Trips, Guides, Legal Responsibility, Organization, Outdoor Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Recordkeeping, Records (Forms), Secondary Education, Student Experience, Teaching Guides
National Educational Laboratory Publishers Inc., 813 Airport Blvd., Austin, Texas 78702 (EC-074; $6.50)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Las Cruces, NM.