ERIC Number: ED313812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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The Copernican Plan: Restructuring the American High School.
Carroll, Joseph M.
A new perspective on the practical problems of changing secondary schools to enhance learning is called "the Copernican Plan" because its implementation would change the schools as completely as Copernicus's ideas changed the perception of our solar system. The plan proposes major restructuring of virtually all the basic systems within a high school, particularly change in schedule. Instead of students changing locations, subjects, and activities seven to nine times each day, they would concentrate on one or two subjects at a time, each subject taught in an extended "macroclass." Integral to the Copernican schedule is a seminar program in which students grapple with the complex issues of today's world. Other features include: a mastery learning system tied to a credit system that substitutes for grades; differentiated diplomas; a conduct and reliable performance graduation requirement; and the "dejuvenilization" of the high school. In addition to a full explanation of the Copernican Plan, chapters discuss the problems that the plan addresses, provide a brief history of the evolution of the American high school, explain why and how the plan works, and offer suggestions for implementation. Appended is an analysis of the use of school time each day and comparison with a traditional schedule. (49 references) (SI)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Principles, Educational Quality, Educational Theories, High Schools, Program Implementation, Secondary Education, Teaching Methods
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