ERIC Number: ED390847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-21
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Teacher Perceptions of Extended Time Scheduling in Four High Schools.
Salvaterra, Mary; Adams, Don C.
Some school reform programs, such as the "Copernican Plan," advocate long blocks of classroom instruction time to allow greater instructional flexibility and active student participation in classroom work. This study investigated the effectiveness of this strategy by examining the perceptions of high school teachers who were entering or who had been working under extended time schedules (ETS). Data were collected through surveys and interviews with teachers at four Pennsylvania high schools: schools A and B, which were about to implement ETS, and schools C and D, which were in their first year of ETS implementation. A total of 90 teachers from schools A and B and 39 teachers from schools C and D participated. Findings included the following: (1) at all schools teachers thought that ETS allowed time to develop and include more new activities in the classroom; (2) discipline problems and waning student motivation during long blocks of time were also cited as problematic; (3) teachers from all schools reported using more cooperative activities; and (4) although teachers from the schools planning to implement ETS expected to increase their preparation time, teachers from the school in their first year of ETS reported no increase in preparation time. Overall teachers saw some advantages to ETS but found that less able students might experience problems under ETS. (Contains 11 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).