ERIC Number: ED199000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: N/A
Alternate Semester 1972. An Evaluation.
Copp, Barry D.; And Others
Five students from a Boston high school and 35 from Lincoln-Sudbury took part in an alternate semester consisting of 5 units: Outward Bound, environmental issues, urban, rural, and river/building. Students had to be juniors or seniors, have parental permission, and meet graduation requirements. The alternate semester began with Outward Bound, a three week winter survival course in north central Maine. This unit was termed the most successful and came closest to meeting its goals of establishing group unity, building individual self-confidence, expanding self-awareness, and encouraging an appreciation of the wilderness. The unit termed least successful was environmental issues. Students felt the series of lectures and films were irrelevant. The purpose of the urban unit was to study the urban environment and to provide the students with an opportunity to pursue interests and meet people with different life styles. The students lived with Boston families and worked for public and private groups in education, politics, health, and business. In the rural unit, various students worked on farms, in a historical restoration project, in one-room schools, in a fish hatchery, for a veterinarian, etc. The river/building unit was planned and executed by the students who, with $200 and lumber from an old barn, constructed a 16 x 16, two-story, dormered building in Grafton, Vermont. Evaluations by students, staff, parents, and employers are included. (AN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School District, Sudbury, MA.; Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, Rockland, ME.; Boston Public Schools, MA.