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ERIC Number: ED423279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
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Follow-Up Study of the 1997 Pine Valley, Michigan High School Graduating Class.
Pasch, Marvin; Kacanek, Paul; Huyvaert, Sara
This report describes the background, nature of, and results from a survey of the 1997 Pine Valley High School (Michigan) graduating class. Pine Valley is a name used for purposes of the report. The questionnaire, administered in June 1997, was designed to: (1) identify the curriculum areas students wished they had studied or studied in greater depth; (2) identify the elements in the high school that students believed prepared them well or not well to meet later challenges; and (3) learn from the perspectives of the student whether Pine Valley is making the organizational, curricular, instructional, and behavioral changes that are associated with academic and occupational success in the increasingly skill-based society. Of the 168 graduates, 87 (51%) completed surveys. Of these 87, almost all had been active in school activities such as athletics, speech, drama, music, and vocational clubs. As a result, this cohort included a large number of students who had made a substantial investment in their school and schooling. The respondents urged the school to demand more effort from students, to emphasize basic academic subjects and to offer more courses that prepared students for a job. Respondents generally agreed that the school provided a safe and disciplined environment and helped students get along with others from different racial, cultural, and other backgrounds. When these suggestions were related to ideas of various educational reform movements, room for improvement was noted in relating school lessons to real life, providing an interdisciplinary curriculum, and teamwork for both students and teachers. Other ideas for improvement include more active student participation, small group work, activities for problem solving, computer activities, and oral presentations. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan