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ERIC Number: ED214740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
An Approach to Inservice Education to Promote Outdoor Education as a Teaching Method in the Elementary School.
Morrisey, J. Thomas
Inservice workshops conducted by elementary principals and teachers could be used to prepare all teachers to use outdoor education as a way to teach the present elementary school curriculum, with additional time spent on science and social studies. Teachers would be introduced to a program that uses the outdoors at least 50% of the time as the main teaching medium. Involving teachers in teaching their colleagues allows understanding of major problems encountered during implementation of methodological and/or program innovations. Once principals are prepared to conduct sessions, materials, texts, and resources associated with social studies and science could be used to show how the total elementary school curriculum can be integrated and taught successfully through the use of outdoor education. Implementation could be achieved through the inservice workshops run for a 3-week period in the summer break with follow-up, short-time workshops held during the school year. The course should be offered in two consecutive summer sessions with the intervening school year and the following school year being used to help in the actual classroom implementation of the innovation. Success of the program could be measured through the use of teaching situation observations, teacher and student questionnaires, and student evaluations. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A