ERIC Number: ED385909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Restructuring the Middle Level School: Implications for School Leaders. Middle Schools and Early Adolescents Series.
Clark, Sally N.; Clark, Donald C.
This book was designed to help school, parent, and community leaders acquire the skills necessary for the successful restructuring of middle-level schools. Chapter 1 defines middle-level education and describes the forces that shaped and continue to shape middle-level education, the evolution of middle-level schools, and current middle-level school organization and practice. The research about how middle-level schools should be organized, what successful middle-level schools should look like, and why they need to change are the major issues examined in chapter 2. Chapters 3 through 6 focus on building a comprehensive knowledge base for planning and decision making. Topics include students' developmental characteristics, developmentally appropriate curricula, interdisciplinary teaming, and a review of successful middle-level programs. Chapters 7 and 8 examine restructuring, the role of leadership in school change, and collaboration. The processes of strategic planning--planning, implementing, and evaluating--provide the focuses of chapters 9 through 11. The concluding chapter emphasizes that successful middle-level schools are always in the process of restructuring, It stresses the importance of continuing the inquiry and reflection process and maintaining a climate of change. Twenty-eight figures are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Cooperation, Educational Planning, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Leadership, Middle Schools, Participative Decision Making, Program Development, School Organization, School Restructuring, Strategic Planning, Student Development
State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246 ($21.95, paperback--ISBN-0-7914-1922-3; hardcover: ISBN-0-7914-1921-5).
Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Albany.