ERIC Number: ED355000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Smart Start: Elementary Education for the 21st Century.
Barth, Patte; Mitchell, Ruth
Based on principles of the Council for Basic Education, this book outlines a curriculum and pedagogy for an elementary school which would prepare children for national fourth grade examinations. The book is divided into six sections. The first section examines the background of elementary school students in the 1990s and presents ways for schools to deal with the consequences of students' backgrounds. The second section expounds four important principles upon which the curriculum is based and explains why these principles are fundamental. The third section presents the curriculum contents for the following subjects: literature; mathematics; science; history and geography; the arts; and foreign languages. In the fourth section, eight conditions that must be met if all students in all elementary schools are to master the curriculum are discussed. The fifth section describes a classroom in which the recommended curriculum is used, and provides a commentary to explain how classroom activities translate the principles and the curriculum. Recommendations for action for administrators, parents, teachers, and legislators are listed in the fifth section. (MM)
Descriptors: Art Education, Class Activities, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Faculty Development, History Instruction, Mathematics Instruction, National Competency Tests, Parent Participation, Reading Instruction, School Community Relationship, School Culture, Science Education, Student Characteristics, Teaching Methods
North American Press, 350 Indiana Street, Golden, CO 80401-5093 (hardcover, $21.95; paper, $14.95; add $3 for shipping).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers; Administrators; Community; Practitioners
Sponsor: Council for Basic Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A