ERIC Number: ED343254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
The Middle School--And Beyond.
George, Paul S.; And Others
Although the middle school movement has been around for decades, it is still new in many places. The middle school concept has been adopted for several reasons: (1) to use as a tool for desegregation; (2) to cope with changing demographics and exploding enrollments; and (3) to meet state funding requirements. The revived middle school movement of the 1990s has a particularly important goal: to address the special learning needs of students at a crucial stage in their development as they prepare for a future that is changing fast. This book gives examples of how middle schools from coast to coast are achieving their goals by integrating the curriculum, accommodating diversity, emphasizing a close-knit school community, and creating the kinds of learning experiences that breed excellence. Seven chapters focus on various middle school values and practices: (1) "Toward the Middle School" discusses the evolution from junior high schools to the middle school; (2) "Teachers and Students" evaluates relationships and results; (3) "Middle School Organization" discusses values underlying practices; (4) "Middle School Organization" discusses how practices reflect values; (5) "Letting Go" shows visions of the middle school curriculum; (6) "Middle School Leadership" evaluates school and district leadership roles; and (7) "Beyond the Middle School" suggests the application of middle school decision-making in high schools and beyond. (186 references) (LAP)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Instructional Leadership, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Leadership Responsibility, Middle Schools, Student Needs, Teacher Student Relationship
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 North Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1403 (Stock No. 611-92016; $14.95).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.