ERIC Number: ED428943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jul-30
Closing the Achievement Gap: Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning. Results of a Nationwide Study.
Lieberman, Gerald A.; Hoody, Linda L.
This report relates the story of the schools, teachers, and students involved in implementing the framework known as the Environment as an Integrating Context (EIC). The results of a nationwide study, a description of the major concepts and assumptions underlying EIC, an exploration of the range of successful EIC programs across the United States, and an analysis of the implications of EIC-based education for student learning and instruction are presented. Observed benefits include better performance on standardized measures of academic achievement in reading, writing, mathematics, and social studies; reduced discipline and classroom management problems; and increased engagement and enthusiasm for learning. (Contains 25 references and 17 tables.) (DDR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Environment, Curriculum, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Learning Theories, Problem Solving, Relevance (Education)
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 Executive Summary, see SE 062 033. Photographs may not reproduce clearly.