ERIC Number: ED069040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Student Reactions to the Transition from Open Elementary School to Junior High School: A Case Study.
McPartland, James; And Others
This paper reports a case study of 47 students drawn from an open education and a traditional school. After statistically controlling on student background and earlier academic performance, investigators found no significant differences between students from the two schools in adjustment to junior high school as measured by grades, attendance, discipline, and satisfaction with school. Before entering junior high, the open elementary school students had a stronger preference for open school organization than did traditional elementary school students. However, the differences disappeared during the first year in junior high as the students from the traditional elementary school increased their acceptance of the open school organization. General findings indicate that students from open elementary schools see greater similarities between elementary and junior high school than do students from traditional elementary schools. These results are discussed in terms of the diversity of activities and the dominance of authority as organizational properties of schools. Some evidence on how family factors may influence student transition between different stages of school organization is also provided. (Author/DN)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.