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ERIC Number: ED399237
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 27
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Ventures in Integrating Curriculum: A Case Study of Teachers and Students Learning Together.
Daniels, Patricia A.
This is a year-long case study of Lakeview (Vermont) Elementary and Middle School's efforts to create an outdoor environment and improve students learning opportunities with a transdisciplinary curriculum project called "Ventures." It details the interplay of partnerships among administrators, teachers, students, parents, a local business, and a funding agency. Data sources include observations of project activities, anecdotal information from and semi-structured interviews with participants, and related documents. Observations of participating teachers reveal an approach characterized by: (1) a variety of materials and learning options; (2) learning opportunities that address different interests, abilities and learning styles; (3) integration of subjects into the curriculum around a common goal; (4) students and teachers making decisions and selecting learning activities; (5) inquiry and investigation as teaching and learning concepts; (6) placing information in a context that has meaning for students; and (7) teachers investigating with their students, providing a model of the lifelong learner. Major questions arising from this study concern grant funding, e.g., results of partial funding, whether the grant application process sets up schools to create unrealistic plans, and grantors cognizance of the realities and complexities of daily school life. (MAH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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