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ERIC Number: ED067737
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 68
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Reasons for Developing Middle Schools in Pennsylvania and the Implemented Characteristics. A Report.
Geisinger, Robert W.
Eighty-eight of the State's school districts were surveyed to discover (1) the reasons that prompted district school boards to organize a middle school, and (2) the characteristics of middle schools implemented in the Pennsylvania middle schools. The response to the study revealed that the reasons for initiating a middle school are multidimensional and that a concept of the middle school was the most significant single factor. However, influential groups (administrators), a precipitating event (a study report, etc.), a strong personality, a problem situation, and general predisposing factors (overcrowding) entered into the reasons for the decisions. The results of the questionnaire and the personal interviews indicate that attempts are being made to implement a developmental concept of a middle school in up to 75 percent of operating middle schools. Respondents state that one problem is the lack of adequate teacher preparation and that teacher training should emphasize the use of technical skills for instruction, the use of media, and the development and use of new curriculums appropriate for use in a developmental school. (Author/MLF)
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Educational Research.