ERIC Number: ED214281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
A Delphi Study to Determine Needed Middle School Research.
Gordon, Jeffrey S.; And Others
The Delphi technique was employed to establish research priorities among National Middle School Association members. A sample of 400 members drawn from the association's mailing list was asked to list three nominations for needed areas of research in middle school education. The initial response of 148 persons resulted in 36 topics being nominated. Two more mailings elicited 77 responses evaluating the 36 topics on a one-to-seven scale. The 36 problems are grouped into five broad research areas with means and standard deviations reported for each problem. Research priorities lie first in the area of middle school organization, particularly with respect to staffing, appropriate curriculum selection, and scheduling. Identifying middle school students' unique physiological and psychological development characteristics that affect school performance is also highly rated. High priority is also given to determining successful classroom management procedures, techniques for motivating students and providing for individual differences, and effective preservice and inservice education for middle school personnel. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Delphi Technique, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, National Surveys, Research Needs
Not available separately; see EA 014 525.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Fairborn, OH.
Note: Paper included in "Middle School Research. Selected Studies 1977-1979. Volume II" (EA 014 525). For related documents, see EA 014 525-534.