ERIC Number: ED333552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
A Naturalistic Study of Unified Studies: A Holistic High School Program.
Williams, David D.
Unified Studies, an example of holistic education in practice, is an integrated curriculum designed to address students' talents that are ignored by traditional education, which has been operating for 15 years. This report describes in detail participants' experiences and perceptions of the program, which operates as a university/high school partnership. The ethnographic methodology included participant observation; interviews with teachers, administrators, and students; and document analysis. Participants' viewpoints are presented in samples of field notes made by the researcher, teachers and student teachers, and students. Findings indicate that students, as active participants, have learned values and how to set priorities for their lives. Gaining real experience in problem solving has contributed to increased self-esteem and initiative-taking. The program's focus on real experiences expands students' learning by addressing their aesthetic, moral, physical, and spiritual needs. Finally, both teacher and students learn in such a program. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).