ERIC Number: ED214280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
A Study to Determine the Current Level of Implementation of Eighteen Basic Middle School Principles in the State of Missouri.
Beckman, Vernal G.
The current level of implementation of 18 basic middle school principles in the 147 Missouri schools that met the definition of middle schools is the focus of this study. Questionnaire responses were received from 101 of the schools' administrators. Mean scores, standard deviations, and mean percentages of the maximum possible scores yielded by the survey form were calculated on each of the basic principles for each school. A t-test was applied to determine whether there was a significant difference in the means of each basic principle for schools having the titles of elementary school, middle school, or junior high school. The author concludes that, despite their titles, schools were more similar than different in terms of implementation of the basic middle school principles. In addition, he finds the Missouri middle schools have not implemented these principles to a great degree; thus these middle schools exist more in theory than in reality. Further implementation of these principles will require administrators to take a leadership role in selling the staff and community on the values of the principles. Finally, a greater thrust in community relations in needed. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Practices, Educational Principles, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Program Implementation, State Surveys
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.