ERIC Number: ED415587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Policy Briefing: Block Scheduling in Secondary Schools. PREL Briefing Paper.
Previous research has shown that by varying instructional time, schools can better accommodate students' different rates of learning. One method that schools use to meet this challenge is block scheduling; different models which are described. The focus is on the benefits and disadvantages of various models. One of the benefits is block scheduling's ability to offer longer time periods to implement group cooperative/collaborative learning, hands-on activities, student projects, and integrated or interdisciplinary activities. Some of the models include the 4 x 4 plan, which features a two-semester school year where the school day is divided into four instructional periods, each approximately 90 minutes long; and the Alternate Day Plan, in which students take eight 90-minute classes that meet every other day. Some other models are also briefly described. Such plans allow teachers to extend explorations and put teachers in daily contact with fewer students. However, some research indicates that student achievement may not be sustained with block scheduling and the amount of subject area content may actually decrease. The report concludes with suggestions for implementing block scheduling, such as informing all stakeholders and creating evaluation strategies. (Contains 10 References.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.