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ERIC Number: EJ1054860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1962
Transforming Education with Self-Directed Project-Based Learning: The Minnesota New Country School
Aslan, Sinem; Reigeluth, Charles M.; Thomas, Dee
Educational Technology, v54 n3 p39-42 May-Jun 2014
To achieve truly learner-centered instruction and assessment, Reigeluth (1994) and Reigeluth and Karnopp (2013) pointed out the importance of schools providing a caring environment. They indicated that such an environment could be ensured with better interaction and relationships among students and teachers in a small learning community. How can a school become a caring environment? What roles do students, teachers, and parents play in such an environment? How can instruction and assessment be based on individual learners' preferences? More importantly, are there schools like this anywhere in the world? This article describes and highlights one such school, the Minnesota New Country School (MNCS). Four design principles of the school--making this school unique--are explained: (1) small learning community, (2) self-directed project-based learning approach, (3) authentic assessment, and (4) teacher ownership and democratic governance. Some success stories of the school are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A