ERIC Number: ED327000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Schools in the Middle: Progress 1968-1988. Schools in the Middle: A Report on Trends and Practices.
Alexander, William M.; McEwin, C. Kenneth
Designed as an overview of the progress of middle schools in the last two decades, this document compares results from a 1968 survey that sampled 10 percent of middle schools with at least three, and not more than five grades, and including grades 6 and 7, with those of a similar 1988 survey. Following a brief summary of the origins of the middle school is a discussion of survey results regarding changes in rationale and specific preparation undertaken for introducing middle school organization and problems perceived in teacher education. Survey results are discussed as they relate to the following characteristics of good middle schools: (1) an interdisciplinary organization with a flexibly scheduled day; (2) an adequate guidance program including a team advisory plan; (3) a full-scale exploratory program; (4) comprehensive curriculum that provides for students' personal development, acquisition of learning skills, and basic knowledge; (5) varied and effective age-appropriate methodology; and (6) continued orientation and articulation for students, parents, and teachers. Finally, conclusions are presented regarding the differences between schools containing grades 5-8 or 6-8 and those with grades 7 and 8 or 7-9. Included are four tables and five graphs. (8 references) (CLA)
Descriptors: Educational Development, Graphs, Instructional Program Divisions, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, School Surveys, Tables (Data)
Publications, National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091 ($1.50; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Note: Colored print in section headings, on gray paper, may not film adequately. For related documents, see EA 022 586-587.