AN EXPERIMENT IN EDUCATION by Sybill Marshall
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AN EXPERIMENT IN EDUCATION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An exciting book for anyone with a modicum of interest in elementary education. Her experiences as a teacher for 18 years in a one-room school in a small English town, with an average of 25 children ranging from 4(apple) to 14 years of age and as wide a range intellectually as chronologically, would seem to make this achievement unique. The secret lies in her use of the arts --drawing, painting, book-making, modelling, music, drama, dance, writing -- as the basis, the core of general education. Under her guidance the children produced an astonishing array of poems, descriptive writing, painting and paper mosaics, many produced in the book in color. Her procedures involved providing the children with experiences that sharpened their perceptions, then exploring these experiences for their meanings through various media, and from this going on to further learning of the usual academic sort. The children studied, for example, Canterbury Tales, the Bible, Between's 6th symphony. Constant, intensive use was made of the community, its history, traditions, geography, speech; of the children's interests; of the great English tradition and the world and universe beyond. Here is a gifted teacher who fits no category, being at times ""progressive"", at times academic, but unfailingly aware of what an exciting business learning- and teaching- can be. A great reading experience.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1963
Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press