Closing the Achievement Gap: Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning
Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for learning (EIC), defines a framework for education: a framework for interdisciplinary, collaborative, student-centered, hands-on, and engaged learning. EIC, a term coined by the State Education and Environment Roundtable, encompasses the educational practices that the group believes should form the foundation of environment-based education in America's schools. This framework has begun to transform curricula in a growing number of schools across the United States and may have the potential to significantly improve K-12 education in America.
This report, prepared by the State Education and Environment Roundtable, is the story of the schools, teachers, and students who are involved in implementing EIC. It presents the results of a nationwide study; describes the major concepts and assumptions underlying EIC; explores a range of successful EIC programs across the United States identifies the major characteristics of successful EIC programs; and, analyzes the implications of EIC-based education for student learning and instruction.
Lieberman, Gerald A. and Hoody, Linda L., "Closing the Achievement Gap: Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning" (1998). School K-12. 64.