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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Camphill Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Human Being I [Course 1]

Clay Modeling [Course 2]
Curative Education Program, Glenmoore, PA; Social Therapy Program, Copake, NY; Soquel, CA; N. Vancouver, BC; and instructor-led individual study at various locations across North America.

Course 1: 34 hours (across several weeks - varies). Course 2: 8 hours (across several weeks - varies).


Course 1 and 2: September 2004 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Course 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: describe an individual human being accurately and imaginatively; distinguish perceptions from thoughts or ideas; use specific observation exercises and methods to enhance observational capacities; and use artistic processes to support accurate observation and imaginative description. Course 2: Students will be able to: prepare clay and appropriate tools; build a model of a human figure; model a human head; and observe more acutely.


Course 1: This course addresses a phenomenological process to finding the appropriate pedagogical and therapeutic approach to working with children. This approach embraces the subtleties and complexities of the individual situation in arriving at insights that are specific rather than general and serve as a helpful guide to the curative educator. Developing refined observational capacities and the ability to recognize the essential gesture of observed phenomena helps the curative educator achieve a particular sense for the processes of metamorphosis that unfold over time. Through various exercises and activities, this course aims to develop the ability to perceive and describe natural phenomena and the human being. Participants become aware of the principles and ideas behind the phenomena. By working with the principle of metamorphosis as the basis of all development and transformation, participants move from static concepts to a dynamic thinking process. Course 2: The student of curative education or social therapy must enhance his or her power of observation and to acquire the resources for classroom application. The work with clay specifically aims to further the understanding of three-dimensional transformations in natural processes, and thereby cultivate awareness and faculties of observation, which can be applied as tools in educational and therapeutic work.

Credit recommendation: 

Course 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours as Introduction to Phenomenological Research or Preparation for Field Observation in Curative Education, Social Therapy, Social Science, Human Studies, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (9/05) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation). NOTE: Course 1 and 2 must both be completed to receive credit.