ERIC Number: ED161136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Descriptive Study of Organizational, Curriculum and Staff Utilizational Patterns of Selected New England Middle Schools.
Gore, Ethel V.
Organizational, curriculum, and staff utilization patterns of New England middle schools were explored in this study. Fifteen percent of the 315 New England middle schools were randomly selected and questionnaires were sent to their 46 principals. There were twelve major findings concerning organizational patterns including the fact that individualized instruction proved dominant. In addition, 86 percent of the schools were graded, and the grade organizations 6-7-8 and 5-6-7-8 account for the organization of 93.1 percent of the schools surveyed. Concerning curriculum patterns, there were seven major findings, including the finding that clubs and interschool sports were offered in all grades. In addition, art, general music, general science, and home economics were required courses, while band and chorus were electives. For staff utilization patterns there were eight findings including the discovery that the majority of schools had assistant principals as part of the instructional staff. Also, the majority of schools reported instructional teams of 4-8 teachers, although most did not designate team leaders or department heads. It is recommended that middle school buildings be constructed to meet the special needs of middle school students, and that more investigation should be undertaken concerning the behavior of young adolescents. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New England
Note: Paper presented at the Canadian School Trustees' Association Congress on Education (1st, Toronto, Ontario, June 17-21, 1978)