ERIC Number: ED371882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Meeting the Social Needs of Sixth Grade Students Moving into a Junior High or Middle School through an Integrated Activities Program.
James, Darlene K.
This practicum was designed to develop a transition program and social activities for sixth-graders to help ease the passage from elementary school and increase their sense of belonging in a sixth- through eighth-grade junior high school. The students were surveyed concerning their degree of self-esteem, connection to school, perception of opportunities for social interaction with their peers, and perception of opportunities to develop excellence. Parents and teachers were surveyed concerning program development and implementation. Various social activities were developed or opened up to sixth-grade participation, including school spirit days, activity days, inter-scholastic cross-country, band, intramural athletics, art club, and yearbook committee. The results of the intervention were mixed, with student and teacher attitudes remaining largely the same before and after program implementation. The physical and educational isolation of the sixth-grade students and teachers in the school building, as well as friction between teachers and the school administration, were seen as contributing factors to low levels of school spirit and morale among a large segment of the sixth-grade student and teacher population. (Eight appendixes contain copies of the student, parent, and teacher surveys, the results of these surveys, and a record of student participation in program activities.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Educational Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Extracurricular Activities, Grade 6, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, School Attitudes, Self Esteem, Social Development, Socialization, Student Attitudes, Student School Relationship, Transitional Programs
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.