ERIC Number: ED403647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
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A Study of the Block Scheduling Movement in Six High Schools in the Upper Cumberland Region of Tennessee.
Fletcher, Richard K., Jr.
During the past 4 years block scheduling has been adopted by a majority of the high schools in Middle Tennessee. This paper presents findings of a study that explored the effects of the new schedule. Data were gathered from a questionnaire that was completed by 280 teachers and approximately 2,000 students from 6 high schools in the region. Both students and faculty expressed satisfaction with the block schedule and said that school climate had improved somewhat. Female teachers and female students spent more time than male teachers and male students in preparing for classes. Thirty percent of the total sample reported that grades had improved, and 40 percent reported an increase in paperwork. The new schedule appeared to have no significant effect on attendance. Teachers generally agreed that they would need to revise their teaching methods. Both groups indicated that block scheduling provides students with the opportunity for in-depth study of subject matter. However, this might be possibly at the expense of covering more material. Five tables and a copy of the questionnaire are included. (Contains 26 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee