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ERIC Number: ED462361
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 353
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A School of Our Own: Where the Children Live.
Reynolds, Karen
This dissertation is a story of schooling. It weaves a vision of schooling into several versions and at least three "places" where schooling can happen--up to 2020 A.D. and beyond. The stories are built on the weaving metaphor and a profound sense of place. This paper presents one individual's experiences that are weaved into and through a conversation with a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter, a Book of Schools, a historical journey through research, and a fictional journey through the Internet. In telling the story of these utopian schools, the paper puts forth a plan for the "ideal" school in the daily life of a community. Within this plan, children engage fully in the place where they "live." Parents, community members, and resources are integral to the daily happenings. Each child works at what interests him or her, yet the learning often revolves around a particular "place" created in the classroom or found in the community. As one student becomes interested in the Amazon jungle, for example, the other students are drawn in and the classroom itself becomes an imaginary jungle, where the children then live and learn. The paper researches schooling environments ranging from one-room schoolhouses and tutoring to private, public, boarding, non-coercive, home, charter, and virtual schools. Resources used in the research include: "The Once and Future King,""The Dead Poet's Society," and literary works by Steiner and Dewey. The paper demonstrates that throughout the research one overall theme evolved: each school is different and each school has an impact. Each story is intended to perturb the reader, to push boundaries, and expand comfort zones. It is an exploration that weaves in and out of the question of "what school can and should be." (Contains 167 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada