ERIC Number: ED328547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Middle Grades Teacher Preparation: A Future Focus.
Sparapani, Ervin F.; And Others
A survey of 136 junior high and middle school teachers focused primarily on teachers' knowledge about and opinions relative to curriculum and teaching strategies appropriate for the early adolescent or transescent. The teachers came from four states (Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania), taught in schools in four socio-economic settings, and were considered experienced. Eight recommendations are made based on an analysis of data from the study. It is recommended that: (1) teachers learn the differences between a junior high school and a middle school; (2) teachers study transescent development; (3) teachers practice and develop cooperative and collaborative learning strategies, plus other strategies appropriate for transescents; (4) schools foster opportunities for interdisciplinary and team teaching; (5) schools provide opportunities for students to be involved in community projects; (6) teachers involve parents in classroom activities as often as possible; (7) teachers develop classroom management procedures suited to student developmental needs; and (8) states require special certification and training for teachers in junior high and middle schools. The survey form, 16 tables, and 13 references are included. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (71st, New Orleans, LA, February 16-18, 1991).