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ERIC Number: ED021905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Oct
Pages: 8
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Changing Times are Changing Schools.
Braddock, Clayton
Southern Education Report, v3 n3 Oct 1967
Modular or flexible class scheduling implies the division of each school day into 20 modules. At Trezevant high school in Memphis, Tennessee, up to 40 percent of a student's time over a 5-day period may remain unscheduled. For students unable to manage the freedom of flexible scheduling there are supervised study halls and continuous counseling. One critic of the modular system claims that it is too administratively complex and troublesome, and that the system, which requires the use of computers, is being promoted mainly by the electronics industry. However, proponents of modular scheduling claim that it offers closer contact with teachers and greater opportunities for in-depth teaching, raises student morale, and is more democratic and natural. Evaluation of this system at a Wilmington, Delaware, high school revealed that although only 3 percent of the interviewed students felt they had more individual contact with teachers, most of them reported significant benefits from the new schedule. It is no t known, however, whether this schedule will be successful with disadvantaged youth. At present, the system is in use primarily in suburban schools. The great cost of this computer-based method is frequently prohibitive. (LB)
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Identifiers: Delaware; Delaware (Wilmington); Tennessee; Tennessee (Memphis)