ERIC Number: ED393156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Block Scheduling. ERIC Digest, Number 104.
This digest examines problems inherent in the traditional school scheduling pattern. It offers block scheduling as an option and describes variations in block schedules. It then looks at the benefits and challenges of block scheduling and concludes with a few suggestions for making the transition. Proponents argue that block scheduling allows for a more flexible and productive classroom environment, creates opportunities for instructional innovation, reduces suspension and dropout rates, and improves student-teacher relationships. The biggest challenges are building support for the change and finding planning time. To be successful, the change must address a need, fit the teachers' situation, be focused, and include concrete strategies. (LMI)
Descriptors: Alternate Day Schedules, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Flexible Scheduling, School Schedules, Semester System, Time Blocks, Time Management, Trimester System
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A