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ERIC Number: ED356516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Pages: 15
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Giving Voice and Empowerment to Student Engagement: A School-Based Interactive Curriculum.
Keedy, John L.; Drmacich, Dan
Student engagement, a crucial school restructuring issue for the 1990s, comprises interventions that channel the need for competence toward academic success, offer students increased access to extrinsic rewards, cultivate study of intrinsically interesting and invaluable material, provide consistent social support, and maximize student ownership of learning. This paper describes how teachers and students at the School Without Walls (SWW) in Rochester, New York, cooperate to maximize student engagement by identifying courses, designing basic essential questions as course frameworks, and selecting appropriate activities as course content. Teachers and students negotiate their curricula through various stages of curriculum development. Five issues related to student engagement are examined: (1) situated cognition as an instructional dimension of student engagement; (2) social norms as obstructions to student engagement; (3) student responsibility and choice; (4) the "hidden curriculum" as a social-political issue; and (5) student-centered curricula in restructured schools. SWW has both content and extended interdisciplinary courses. The curriculum-building and personalization process is described in detail, as are eight classroom strategies, coordination with New York State requirements, and program benefits. (Contains 19 references.) (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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