ERIC Number: ED342138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Instructional Challenge: A Casebook for Middle Grade Educators.
Mitman, Alexis L.; Lambert, Vicki
The cases in this book, based on classroom observations and interviews with principals and key teachers at 17 California middle schools, focus in depth on middle-grade reform in the classroom. Organized in four chapters, the cases look at four critical areas of curriculum and instruction: (1) heterogeneous grouping; (2) cooperative learning; (3) active learning; and (4) interdisciplinary instruction. In each chapter, an overview is followed by stories from four or five schools that have grappled with the given reform. The overview consists of background about the particular reform, a table summarizing key features across sites, observations that analyze those features, and a set of questions for teachers to consider as they think about their own classroom or school. The goal of the overview is to illustrate the complexity and multiple dimensions involved in filtering the change process through each school setting. Then the history of implementation at the particular site is recalled; current practices, including specific classroom examples of the reform, are described; and the continuing issues and challenges the reform poses for the school are addressed. (18 references) (MLF)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Cooperative Learning, Educational Change, Heterogeneous Grouping, Individual Development, Instructional Improvement, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Learning Strategies, Middle Schools, Preadolescents, Student Needs, Student Participation, Study Skills, Thinking Skills
Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, 730 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107-1242.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.; California League of Middle Schools, Irvine.
Identifiers - Location: California