ERIC Number: ED319560
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Implementing Experiential Based Education in a Rural Setting.
Holman, David; And Others
One approach to managing cross-graded classrooms is to reconceptualize the structure of the classroom and the curriculum to take advantage of student variability. In the "Basic" program described in this paper, grades one, two, and three were combined to help alleviate some of the problems of a small rural school in Nevada. The program is based on the Early Learning Center (ELC) demonstration classroom at the University of Nevada, Reno. The goals of the Basic program are to meet the needs of the students and create a community of non-competitive learners. The primary outcome of the program is literacy. Students worked through cyclic levels of mastery, increasing learning levels by returning to similar materials and lessons, but processing information at increasingly more complex cognitive levels. Similar assignments were given to all three grade levels in the class, with differential interpretation of student performance being made by the teacher. Curriculum was related to literature-based reading, process writing, manipulative math, and cooperative learning, with an emphasis on students' experiences. Teachers fostered social environments that emphasized peer help, self responsibility, and expectation of student success in social problem solving. The results of the programs suggest that students maintain a positive attitude toward the learning atmosphere and school and that they suffer no negative academic effects. Students' progress may be questionable, however, after they return to the traditional classroom setting. Appendices include teaching plans, examples of student work, administrative viewpoint, outline of basic school curriculum, and budget considerations. (ALL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the National Rural Education Association Conference (Reno, NY, 1989). Examples of books and coordinated activities in the appendices will not reproduce well due to broken type.