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ERIC Number: ED274421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Individually Guided Education: An Alternative Form of Schooling.
Wiersma, William
Individually Guided Education (IGE) is an educational innovation, developed during the late 1960s and early 1970s, that originated at the Wisconsin Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning. It is one of the few innovations that was scheduled for national implementation. The conceptual origins of IGE have their roots in educational psychology with a behavioristic approach to learning. As an alternative approach to schooling, IGE involves differentiated staffing, multiaged grouping of children, and the direct involvement of the principal in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the instructional activities of the school. The seven major components of the program include (1) multiunit school organization, (2) instructional programing for the individual student, (3) evaluation for educational decision making, (4) curriculum materials compatible with instruction and evaluation, (5) home-school-community relations, (6) facilitative environment, and (7) continuing research and development. During the late 1970s a study of the programs found that the three strongest surviving characteristics of the approach were teaming for instruction, shared decision-making, and programing instruction to meet the needs of the individual students. It was determined that the early success of the approach can be attributed to its sound conceptual base, the comprehensiveness and definition of its components, and the fact that it is not an add-on innovation, but an alternative to traditional schooling. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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