ERIC Number: ED399040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Watershed: A Successful Voyage into Integrative Learning.
This book describes a "whole learning" approach to education called the Watershed Program, which stresses integrated curriculum and experiential learning. Each chapter begins with an episode from the history of eastern Pennsylvania along the Brandywine River, used as an analogy to problems faced by the teachers in the Watershed program. The chapters are (1) "Beginnings," tracing the Watershed idea back to 1985 and detailing the basic precepts, including whole learning, openness to all students, elimination of grades in evaluation, using real life situations, and the use of the Brandywine River as a focus of study for students; (2) "Wild Indians and a Sense of Place," comparing Native Americans with the seventh graders in their love of and ownership of the land and river, along with describing the arrangement of the classroom space to reflect whole learning principles; (3) "Explorations: The First Year," describing the beginning of the school year; (4) "Growth and Changes," a story of the second year of the program; (5) "No Cross, No Crown, No Names Above the Door," introducing the five basic tenets of Watershed: commitment, cooperation, courage, caution, and caring--and emphasizing the revolutionary structure of the program in form, content, philosophy, and practice; (6) "New Frontiers," describing the challenge of adding fifth graders to the program in the fourth year of the program; (7) "United We Stand, Divided...," discussing the challenges presented by peer conflict; (8) "Manifest Destinies?," describing the evolving application process for students; and (9) "Place, Time, and Quality," reflecting on the whole learning experience. Appendices include the original program proposal, folder comment sheets, and a student application packet. Contains 21 references. (BGC)
Descriptors: Conservation Education, Cooperation, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum, Curriculum Design, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Experiential Learning, Field Trips, Group Activities, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Learning Theories, Middle Schools, Outdoor Activities, Outdoor Education, Parent Participation, Rivers, Teaching Methods, Wilderness
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Columbus, OH.