ERIC Number: ED220298
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
USMES Design Lab Manual. Fifth Edition. Trial Edition.
Manfre, Edward; Donahoe, Charles
This manual serves as a resource for Design Labs in the Unified Sciences and Mathematics for Elementary Schools (USMES) program. A Design Lab is not a customary "shop" where students receive training in woodworking, metalworking, and other crafts. Instead, when a construction need arises during USMES units, a Design Lab becomes the central location for tools, materials, and working space for students to plan and build according to their theories, make and benefit from mistakes, and develop improved designs. Section I provides general information, focusing on the USMES Design Lab concept, tone of student activities, safety considerations, and what students have made in Design Labs. Section II, focusing on setting up Design Labs, discusses planning a Lab, forms of Design Labs (in-class Labs, portable Labs, separate-room Labs), and Design Lab tools and materials. Section III addresses staffing and training, including an overview of staffing/training considerations, Design Lab orientation methods, staffing, and teacher training. Appendices include a bibliography, list of Design Lab "How To" cards, nature of USMES and its resources, tri-wall (three-layered cardboard) ordering information, and Design Lab inventory lists. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, Elementary Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Science, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Mathematics Education, Problem Solving, Process Education, Resource Centers, Resource Materials, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Education, Social Studies, Staff Role, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Unified Studies Curriculum
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Unified Science and Mathematics for Elementary Schools, Newton, MA.; Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.