ERIC Number: ED327514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
"Retooling" for the Middle School Experience: Inservice Training for Junior High School Personnel.
Ingram, Richard C.; Million, Steven K.
This discussion of the uniqueness of the middle school focuses on the characteristics of the early adolescent student. It is pointed out that the special needs of these students are infrequently met by the traditional junior high school. Middle schools should be characterized by six unique elements: (1) specific individual counseling; (2) a curriculum providing careful articulation and coordination of learning experiences; (3) blocks of instructional time with interdisciplinary teams of teachers; (4) a variety of teaching methods; (5) a wide range of exploratory courses and athletics that encourage participation by all students; and (6) a focus on learning the skills students will need for future study. Results of a survey of middle school principals indicated that some, but not all, of these elements are currently implemented and that there is a need for special inservice training for middle school faculty. Excerpts from principal-surveys are included. (JD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Cognitive Development, Flexible Scheduling, Individual Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Junior High Schools, Learning Strategies, Middle Schools, Peer Influence, Role Perception, Secondary School Teachers, Student Behavior, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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