ERIC Number: ED361906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
Screening Criteria for Professional Media Presentations on Middle Level Education. [Practitioner's Monograph #13.]
California League of Middle Schools, Irvine.
This document presents criteria that are designed to help a media reviewer examine professional presentations of middle-level education, gauging how closely a presentation reflects prevailing educational philosophy. Ten key features of middle-level schooling are highlighted, and a Likert scale is provided for each. The 10 features include varied instructional strategies, interdisciplinary team organization, interdisciplinary curriculum, learning-to-learn skills, exploratory and elective courses, scheduling, school climate, cocurricular activities, advisement and counseling, and heterogeneous student grouping. Each scale is prefaced by a synopsis that describes the feature. An overview of middle-level educational philosophy and purposes is also included, which points out that middle-level education emphasizes academic, personal, social, health, and moral guidance specifically tailored for students in the young adolescent phase of their development. Middle-level education is characterized by concerns for the whole child, equity, strong student-adult relationships, and teacher collegiality and empowerment. Finally, because all aspects of middle-level schools derive from the varying developmental needs of its young adolescent clientele, all aspects of middle-level schools must be flexible, dynamic, and adaptive to local conditions. (LMI)
Descriptors: Child Development, Educational Environment, Educational Philosophy, Elementary School Students, Evaluation Criteria, Intermediate Grades, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Rating Scales, Student Needs
California League of Middle Schools, 18012 Cowan, Irvine, CA 92714 ($5).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California League of Middle Schools, Irvine.