Strengths of the Unit Study Approach:
All ages can learn together
Children can delve as deeply into a subject as they like
The family's interest can be pursued
Students get the whole picture
Curiosity and independent thinking are generated
Intense study of one topic is the more natural way to learn
Knowledge in interrelated so is learned easily and remembered longer
Unit studies are fairly easy to create
Weaknesses of the Unit Study Approach::
It is easy to leave educational "gaps"
Hard to assess the level of learning occurring
Record keeping may be difficult
Prepared unit study curricula are expensive
Do-it-yourself unit studies require planning
Too-many activity-oriented unit studies may cause burnout of teacher and student
Subjects that are hard to integrate into the unit may be neglected
Reprinted from the 2000 Elijah Company Catalog.
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