ERIC Number: ED214276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Principals' Attitudes about the Characteristics and Functions of the Middle School.
Allen, Harvey A.; And Others
The National Middle School Study was conducted to provide baseline data to guide development of a middle school teacher training program. This paper focuses on the responses of principals of exemplary middle schools to various functions and characteristics of the middle school. The principals were instructed to reflect actual, rather than the ideal, middle school operations and practices in their responses to a questionnaire of 57 Likert-scale items in the areas of students, teachers, principals, curriculum, and facilities and organizations. Among the substantive findings are that principals emphasized the learning of basic skills and the development of students' self-concept and believed teachers should support guidance and counseling services. Some items considered part of the middle school philosophy but not supported by principals were teacher involvement in staff selection, teacher training to better anticipate emerging adolescent needs, and mainstreaming. The questionnaire, with the frequencies and means for each of the items, is in the appendix. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, Curriculum Development, Demonstration Programs, Educational Principles, Facility Requirements, Factor Analysis, Institutional Characteristics, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, National Surveys, Principals, Questionnaires, Student School Relationship, Teacher Education, Teacher Role
Not available separately; see EA 014 525.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Fairborn, OH.
Identifiers: National Middle School Study
Note: Paper included in "Middle School Research. Selected Studies 1977-1979. Volume II" (EA 014 525). For related documents, see EA 014 525-534.