ERIC Number: ED214277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparative Study to Determine the Relationship between the Existing Practices of Selected Middle Schools and Student Performance on a Standardized Attitudinal Measure.
Sienkiewicz, Henry S.
This study was conducted to determine the relationship between suggested practices observed in ten randomly selected middle schools scoring in the lowest quartile, and ten randomly selected middle schools scoring in the highest quartile, on the student attitude section of the 1971 Michigan Assessment Test of Basic Skills, for Grade 7. The study also aimed to observe and describe the degree to which suggested practices were implemented in these Michigan schools. The 73 practices selected for study were those suggested by two national middle school authorities. The practices encompassed the areas of staff and organization, student activities, guidance, instructional programs, school plant, and equipment. The most important finding of the study was that there were no significant differences in the practices of schools scoring in the lowest and highest quartile on student attitude. The same results were recorded for questions on school size, social classification, and events that may have affected student attitude. The last part of the study described the degree to which observed practices were implemented. Schools scoring in the lowest and highest quartiles on student attitude implemented slightly more than one-half of the practices recommended by national middle school authorities. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Practices, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Program Implementation, Student Attitudes
Not available separately; see EA 014 525.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Fairborn, OH.
Note: Paper included in "Middle School Research. Selected Studies 1977-1979. Volume II" (EA 014 525). For related documents, see EA 014 525-534.