ERIC Number: ED415016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
The Middle School Distinction. Fastback No. 418.
Romano, Louis G.; Georgiady, Nicholas P.
Students who are no longer children but not yet fully adolescent require an appropriate program to meet their specific education needs. The true middle school program can meet these needs. In an effort to provide usable and valuable guidelines for evaluation of existing school programs and for planning new ones, this booklet describes 14 characteristics of a "true middle school" drawn from studies and program evaluations over the past three decades. After an introduction on the history of the middle school, the booklet discusses each characteristic: (1) basic skills: repair and extension; (2) multimedia approaches to instruction; (3) creative exploration and enrichment; (4) independent study; (5) physical activities and intramural sports; (6) continuous progress; (7) flexible scheduling; (8) team teaching; (9) parent-teacher conferences and reporting pupil progress; (10) volunteers; (11) guidance and advisor/advisee programs; (12) student services; (13) attention to social development; and (14) community relations. Contains 19 references. (EV)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational History, Educational Philosophy, Educational Planning, Educational Quality, Institutional Characteristics, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Preadolescents, Program Design, Student Needs, Teaching Methods, Team Teaching
Phi Delta Kappa, 408 North Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789; phone: 812-339-1156.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.