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Wholistic primary education : investigation and development of an integrated curriculum model Public Deposited

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  • A five year longitudinal study was begun in 1976 to find a solution to the problem of early primary children who fail in school and then adopt the failure syndrome. The study was conducted in four elementary schools in Oregon which had distinctly different socio-economic populations. The tests used for identification of these children who were having learning difficulties included: the Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scale; the Devereux Elementary School Behavior Rating Scale or Wray Behavior Scale; Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests; the Purdue Perceptual-Motor Survey; the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking; the Quick Neurological Screening Test; an eye-directionality test; and a dichotic auditory tape. During the five years of the project, a curriculum model evolved which uses the integrated arts for balanced learning and wholistic education. Wholistic education utilizes both sides of the brain and seeks development of the whole child. In order to do this, the model includes perceptual development and recognition of basic learning styles of students as well as basic teaching styles of teachers. The results of the research during the project and development of the curriculum model confirmed the importance of educating the whole child and justified the use of the integrated arts to provide a balanced education. The curriculum in the project was presented verbally and visually and required both halves of the brain for complete understanding. This mode of presentation follows the concept that a person must learn to visualize as part of the intellectual process of learning. The curriculum model includes five units of activities, materials and methods which were developed and used during the five years. The units are: "I'm Somebody", "Dinosaurs", "Sounds Around Us", "Make-Believe Town", and "Celebrations". The dissertation was designed to model the concepts learned from the project. Therefore, it is presented in a wholistic mode using both verbal and visual stimuli. It is an illustration of a balanced and integrated learning experience.
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