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The EIC Model™
Environment as an Integrating Context for improving student learning
The EIC Model™ is an integrated system of instructional practices developed by SEER.
Learning based on the EIC Model™ is about using a school's surroundings and community as a framework within which students can construct their own learning, guided by teachers and administrators using proven educational practices.
The EIC Model™ weaves together:
• Local Natural and Community Surroundings as Context (more than a venue) for connecting together these proven pedagogies, to improve teaching and learning;
• Community-based Investigations with Opportunities for Environmental Service-Learning that provide learning experiences that offer both minds-on and hands-on experiences through service-learning opportunities;
• Integrated-Interdisciplinary Instruction that breaks down traditional boundaries between disciplines;
• Learner-Centered, Constructivist Approaches adapted to the needs and unique abilities of individual students;
• Collaborative Instruction so teachers, parents, students and community members can connect together instruction and learning; and,
• Combinations of Cooperative and Independent Learning that promote collaboration among students while encouraging individual students to maximize their potential.
For additional information on the instructional practices in the EIC Model™ visit Instructional Practices.
instructional practices is a
key part of implement the EIC Model™ effectively.
State Education and Environment Roundtable
Founding Sponsor The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Last update 5/1/2014