ERIC Number: ED410066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
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The Implementation Process of Two Multigrade/Multiyear Teams in Two Middle Schools in South Florida: A Cross-Site Case Study.
Heeney, Margaret R.
Multigrade grouping is the practice of intentionally grouping two or more grade levels in the same classroom to enhance learning. It is becoming a much discussed and implemented alternative grouping practice in middle level education. This paper describes the implementation process of two multigrade "teams" in two Florida middle schools, the Loggerhead Team and the Piranha Team. The description is presented as a case study organized around five research questions: (1) What is the process of implementing multigrade/multiyear middle school teams? (2) What are the perceived benefits to implementing multigrade/multiyear middle school teams? (3) What are the perceived barriers to implementing such teams? (4) How do multigrade/multiyear middle school teams operate on a day-to-day basis? and (5) How do student outcomes in multigrade/multiyear middle school teams compare with student outcomes in single grade middle school teams? Observation showed that benefits of multigrade grouping include formation of long-term relationships, continuity, and a family atmosphere. Barriers to implementation include systemic barriers, lack of models, attitudes, and time. Student outcomes were not substantially different from those for students in single-grade teams. The paper concludes with a summary of implications for principals, teachers, students, and parents, and recommendations for future research. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Barriers to Implementation; Florida
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Middle School Association (23rd, Baltimore, MD, October 31-November 3, 1996).