ERIC Number: ED199817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
The Middle School in Profile: A Day in the Seventh Grade.
Lounsbury, John H.; And Others
To determine the nature of middle school education as it is currently practiced, researchers randomly selected 100 seventh-grade students in 100 schools in 30 states, and assigned an observer to write down each student's behavior and describe the learning environment at specified intervals during the school day of February 17, 1977. Analysis of the observations and comments made by the observers led to general conclusions in three major areas: first, the instructional program in middle schools too often is insufficiently interesting or relevant and too frequently fails to provide enough variation in the school day; second, instructional strategies and materials are undergoing modification, but more emphasis needs to be placed on the individual students' needs; and third, relationships between teachers and students were found to be good but were not translated into an education fostering independence of thought, sensitivity to learning styles, or the sharing of learning experiences by both student and teacher. The characteristics of seventh-graders and of middle schools are described in this report, six sample observers' reports are included, study results are analyzed, and the future of the middle school concept is discussed. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Educational Philosophy, Educational Practices, Field Studies, Grade 7, Institutional Characteristics, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Observation, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Student School Relationship
National Middle School Association, P.O. Box 968, Fairborn, OH 45324 ($4.95; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Fairborn, OH.