ERIC Number: ED237589
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan-24
Reference Count: 0
Schooling for Young Adolescents: A Key Time in Secondary Education.
Lipsitz, Joan Scheff
This review of the status of junior high schools, prepared as a testimony for the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education, argues that, despite the fact that early adolescence is a critical time in human development, schooling for young adolescents is the weakest link in the chain of public education. Middle and junior high schools are unsure of their instructional purposes, are served by the least skilled pool of professionals in public education, and are confused about the needs of their students and how to meet them. The situation calls for sweeping measures, including: (1) a review of the purposes and practices of intermediate schooling; (2) upgrading of staff; (3) the establishment of centralized data sources for professionals and policymakers; (4) the institution of a variety of schooling options; (5) the institution of programs giving young adolescents greater access to adults; (6) research into effective schools for young adolescents; (7) research into ways to alleviate the special stresses of desegregation in junior high schools; (8) the establishment of a broad spectrum of basic skills programs; (9) the provision of health screening, diagnosis and treatment, and coordinated health, guidance, and social services; and (10) more Federal funds for research on early adolescent development, schools, and other service institutions for young adolescents. (GC)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Educational Assessment, Educational Experience, Educational Needs, Educational Quality, Group Status, Junior High Schools, Preadolescents, Program Effectiveness, Relevance (Education), School Effectiveness, Student Needs, Teacher Effectiveness
Center for Early Adolescence, University of North Carolina, Suite 223, Carr Mill Mall, Carrboro, NC 27510 ($1.25 plus $1.00 postage/handling).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Testimony Prepared for the Subcommittee on Elementary, Secondary, and Vocational Education, Carl D. Perkins, Chairman, January 24, 1980.