ERIC Number: ED260516
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
In Search of Excellence: The National Reports--Implications for Middle Schools.
Swaim, John; Needham, Richard
This monograph examines recommendations and conerns raised by recent reports of the National Commission on Excellence in Education and other ogranizations and considers the possible ramifications for middle school education. The monograph is organized into five sections. The first provides an overview of the following five studies: "Action for Excellence,""High School,""A Nation at Risk,""A Place Called School," and "One Hundred Good Schools." Section 2 is a more specific treatment of the implications of these reports for middle schools. It consists of observations by four middle school educators who were involved with the reports: Conrad F. Toepfer, Jr., "Accent on the Positive: What Is Really Effective in Today's Education"; Bruce Bombacher, "Beyond the Rhetoric: Actions and Implications for the Practitioner"; Craig M. Bowman, "Educational Improvement: A View from the Trenchers"; and James P. Garvin, "Common Denominators in Effective Middle Level Schools." Section 3, "Achieving Educational Reform" by Daniel J. Burke, is a strong and pointed statement regarding the role educators should play in creating educational reform. Section 4 provides concluding remarks regarding the whole issue of middle school education and the prospect of educational change. The final section lists commission reports and studies of schooling, as well as documents and journal articles that give reactions, critiques, and summaries. A biographical note on the authors is included. (TE)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Government School Relationship, Intermediate Grades, Middle Schools, National Programs, Politics of Education, Reports, School Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Columbus, OH.