ERIC Number: ED396840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: 0
Middle Level Education in Small Rural Schools.
Tadlock, Martin; Barrett-Roberts, Joan
Intended as a guidebook for middle level educators as they seek to institute educational experiences appropriate to the adolescents in their programs, this book discusses the issues and assets of middle school education in rural settings. Chapter 1 of the book is an introduction, discussing the concept of middle school as applied to small rural school settings. This chapter also discusses the advantages and challenges that small rural schools have over larger schools in achieving the middle school concept. Chapter 2 deals with middle school components in small rural schools, with emphasis on the comparison of small rural schools and non-rural schools. Chapter 3 describes a study carried out to ascertain organizational structure, issues, and proposed solutions for implementing middle level programs in small rural schools. Chapter 4 discusses how rural schools can pursue the solutions described in the previous chapter, which include professional development, curriculum and instruction, interdisciplinary teams, common planning time, block schedules, and advisory programs. Chapter 5 presents two case studies of small rural schools involved in the middle school movement. Chapter 6 summarizes the strengths and weaknesses of small rural schools in meeting adolescent student needs and emphasizes the need for courage to risk failure as the foundation for educational change. Survey instruments from the study described in chapter 3 are appended. (MOK)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adolescents, Case Studies, Curriculum Design, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Program Effectiveness, Rural Schools, School Restructuring, School Schedules, Staff Development, Student Needs, Team Teaching, Youth Problems
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Columbus, OH.