ERIC Number: ED265920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Discovery Learning and Cognitive Development--The UKU Project.
Marklund, Inger, Ed.
School Research Newsletter, n4 Apr 1985
Prompted by pupil dissatisfaction and indifference, an experimental scheme of modified working routines involving approximately 500 pupils and 40 teachers was conducted in senior level classes in the Municipality of Ockero between 1976 and 1981. The purpose of the project was to transform the everyday life of school and to devise methods for experiential learning. The government sanctioned two departures from the regular order of things: free deployment of resources and the observance of an outline time schedule. The outline time schedule meant a minimum compulsory number of periods per subject. Generally, evaluation findings indicated that school work can be extensively changed without excessive alterations to existing organizational structures. More specifically, pupils with high marks were so preoccupied with the demands of upper secondary school that they did not dare devote time to projects according to interest. Low achievers tended more often to opt for project work, including leisure activites which might give them a feeling of success. Follow-up findings show that nearly all of the low achievers had jobs, even though unemployment is particularly high in their age group. Three-fifths of students participating in follow-up interviews had a positive view of their free choice experience, one-fifth were doubtful, and one-fifth were negative. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Swedish Board of Education, Stockholm.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden