ERIC Number: ED428942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jul-30
Closing the Achievement Gap: Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning. Executive Summary.
Lieberman, Gerald A.; Hoody, Linda L.
This document contains the executive summary of a report on a study of the efficacy of environment-based education programs. Focus is placed on using the environment as an integrating context for learning in all areas: general and disciplinary knowledge; thinking and problem-solving skills; and basic life skills such as cooperation and interpersonal communications. This report suggests that these programs produce better performance on standardized measures of academic achievement in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies; reduced discipline and classroom management problems; increased engagement and enthusiasm for learning; and better pride and ownership in accomplishments. Research results are organized by major subject area and learning skill. (DDR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Environment, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Equal Education, Integrated Curriculum, Sex Differences
State Education and Environment Roundtable, 16486 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite 328, San Diego, CA 92128; Tel: 619-676-0272; Web site: http://www.seer.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: State Education and Environmental Roundtable, San Diego, CA.
Note: For full report, see SE 062 034. Photographs may not reproduce clearly.