ERIC Number: ED369538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Exploratory Programing in Georgia's Middle Schools.
Warren, Louis L.; Allen, Michael G.
This study surveyed the nature and extent of exploratory programming in intermediate schools. A 22-item questionnaire was sent to all 285 of the state's middle and junior high schools. Of the 163 respondents, 160 indicated that they had some form of exploratory programming. The latter number included: (1) 155 schools with traditional exploratory courses in art, music, foreign languages, and industrial arts; (2) 3 schools with elective mini-courses that exposed students to a wide variety of topics, such as backpacking, first-aid, and knitting; (3) 1 school with exploratory activities integrated into the curriculum; and (4) 3 schools with other types of exploratory programming. The reasons given for establishing exploratory programming included state mandates, middle level education literature, and principal decisions. The majority of schools served allocated between 41 and 60 minutes of exploratory learning per day. It was also found that the majority of exploratory classes were taught by teachers hired specifically for exploratory instruction and lasted from 3 to 9 weeks. Most exploratory teachers were not able to select which classes they taught, nor were the majority of students able to select which exploratory classes they took. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia