ERIC Number: ED316310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Middle School Years: A Parents' Handbook.
Berla, Nancy; And Others
This handbook suggests ways for parents to help improve the achievement of their middle school-age children. A general introduction discusses the development of 10- to 14-year-olds and ways parents can help these children reach their potential. Chapter 1 begins with a description of middle schoolers and changes in their growth, the way they act with friends and family, their feelings, and their learning. In chapter 2, parents are reminded that the middle school years are a critical time for students to use and refine basic skills and learn how to solve problems. Chapter 3 describes ways schools are organized for 10- to 14-year-olds, and discusses size, teaching, atmosphere, and understanding of students at the best middle schools. Chapter 4 helps parents evaluate their child's middle school and offers suggestions for working in a group to improve the school. Chapter 5 reminds parents of the importance of involvement in their child's education. Chapter 6 identifies barriers to parent involvement in the schools. Chapter 7 lists negative practices parents may encounter in middle schools. Step-by-step instructions for insuring that one's child receives fair treatment are provided. Additional resources and organizations are listed, as are promising programs in middle schools. (RH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Education, Guidelines, Middle Schools, Parent Participation, Parent Role, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, School Policy, Student Characteristics
National Committee for Citizens in Education, 10840 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 301, Columbia, MD 21044 ($8.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Committee for Citizens in Education, Columbia, MD.