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ERIC Number: ED459025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Pages: 156
Abstractor: N/A
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School at the Centre (SatC): A Pilot Project in North Queensland. Report One: Completion of Phase One, the US Visit and Visits to Australian Schools.
McSwan, David
The School at the Centre pilot project in Queensland, Australia, seeks to assess the transferability to Queensland of the philosophy and practice of the Nebraska-developed School at the Center program. The pilot project consists of three phases: information gathering, planning, and implementation and evaluation. This report covers work done during phase one. The School at the Center program focuses on rural place, and its philosophy is characterized by two core statements: 20 percent of the curriculum should reflect place, both the immediate locality and the broader rural milieu; and this curriculum should make a contribution to the local community. During reciprocal visits by Australian and American personnel to Nebraska and Queensland rural schools and communities, it was noted that rural areas in both countries were in decline and had educational programs that discounted rural place in the curriculum. Numerous examples from the Nebraska program confirmed that meaningful activities stemming from locality can be embedded into curricula, and that when a school contributes to its community, the community will reciprocate and profit. Overall, it was felt that the Nebraska program was transferable to Queensland. Two chapters discuss an American perspective on the School at the Centre program and steps involved in implementing phase 2 of the program. Twelve appendices present bibliographic resources, project letters, and data gathered in phase 1. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: James Cook Univ. of North Queensland, Townsville (Australia). Rural Education, Research and Development Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Nebraska