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ERIC Number: EJ1020375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
The Rainforest Still Needs Us: The Forman School's 20 Years in the Mountains of Costa Rica
Lawson, Leesa
Independent School, v72 n3 Spr 2013
The search for solutions to protect the rainforest, while offering local farmers a sustainable means of making a living, started at The Forman School as a search to fully engage its students in learning. The Forman School is an independent college preparatory school for students with language-based learning differences (LD). This article discusses the 20th anniversary of the Forman School and Connecticut's efforts to improve environmentally and economically sustainable alternatives to clear-cutting and cattle-farming in Costa Rica. It addresses the school's use of experiential education, the program's usefulness for teaching scientific and social concepts, and the degree of cooperation required to make the project work. It describes the Rainforest Project, the centerpiece of Forman's experiential learning curriculum, which taps into all four areas of the brain, engages all the senses, and converts experience into deep understanding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Costa Rica
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