ERIC Number: ED236804
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Reorganizing the Middle Grades: Guidelines for Administrators, School Boards, and Planning Teams.
Molitor, James A.; Dentler, Robert A.
By examining 12 new middle school programs in 7 school districts in various regions of the United States, this study focuses on how decision-making and planning processes were reflected in grade reorganizations. From interviews with decision-makers involved in each of the cases, the new middle school programs were observed first for their solutions to problems of instructional design in middle schools, including scheduling and teacher role. The issues of the social forces influencing the reorganizations, the making of the decisions to create middle schools, and the planning stages lead to considering such policy influences as the effects of desegregation and declining enrollment. Drawing from the case studies, the authors also make concrete suggestions for future middle school development in such areas as initial decision-making and the stages of planning. Finally, the strengths and drawbacks of those changes studied here are clarified, and general principles are cited for success in middle school implementation. (JW)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Educational Policy and Organization Program.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.