ERIC Number: ED301313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: 0
Life in the Three Sixth Grades.
Lounsbury, John H.; Johnston, J. Howard
In its six chapters, this report assesses the status of the sixth grade. The shadow study technique was employed to address three specific questions: (1) What is a sixth grader's day in school really like? (2) In what ways do the programs provided for sixth graders differ, depending on where the grade is located in the school system? and (3) How does knowledge of the nature and needs of sixth graders match up with the program actually provided? A total of 132 observers in 45 states shadowed randomly selected sixth graders during an entire school day. Sixth grades studied were initial, middle, or terminal grades. After an introduction to the study in chapter 1, chapter 2 provides a description of sixth graders. Chapter 3 summarizes students' perceptions and presents the study's findings as they grew out of the analysts' reports and the authors' readings of the studies. Chapter 4 compares the three types of sixth grade and addresses the issue of organizational effects on programs. Findings derived from a full analysis of the checklist data are presented, as are selected demographic data. Chapter 5 presents seven complete shadow studies and supplementary reactions of observers. Conclusions and recommendations make up chapter 6. In appendices, related research is cited, methodology is described, and listings of observers, schools, and analysts are provided. (RH)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Experience, Elementary School Students, Grade 6, Instructional Program Divisions, Intermediate Grades, Profiles
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 ($9.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Identifiers: Program Characteristics; Shadow Studies