ERIC Number: ED083722
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
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Change to Open Education. Two Schools in the Process.
Orton, Peter; Dickison, Wayne
Case studies describe attempts to develop educational forms that are personally, intellectually, and socially valid in two Massachusetts elementary schools--the Charles River School, a small private school in Dover; and the Parmenter School, a public school. Both schools have tried to reorient the first six or seven years of formal education along the lines of certain British primary schools, variously termed "integrated day" or "open education." It is an approach that attempts to blend several goals of education--intellectual development, individualized instruction, purposive work, and social growth--in a pleasant and cooperative context. Both schools demonstrate an increased concern for human values, particularly in their awareness of the "hidden curriculum," and reflect the growing interest in availability of educational choice and alternatives. In one school, the change process resulted from significant parent involvement; while changes in the other school came about largely through the leadership of the chief administrator. (Author/WM)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Case Studies, Curriculum, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, Humanization, Nontraditional Education, Open Education, Parent School Relationship
National Association of Independent Schools, 4 Liberty Square, Boston, Massachusetts 02109 ($1.00)
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Authoring Institution: National Association of Independent Schools, Boston, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts