ERIC Number: ED427431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-May
Block Scheduling: Innovations with Time. Themes in Education Series.
Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.
This booklet provides information about block scheduling--its advantages and drawbacks. Schools can use it as a discussion tool to improve their use of time by reformulating student and teacher schedules. The booklet can help educators choose a block scheduling program that will suit their school. The booklet explains the purpose of block scheduling and presents various models of this type of scheduling, such as the 4x4 plan, the A/B plan, and the trimester plan. Advantages of block scheduling include: improved teaching and learning, the reduction of fragmentation, and individualized pacing. Concerns about block scheduling include: difficulty in scheduling music and AP classes and loss of content retention. The recurrent theme in the booklet is the need for planning before implementing any type of schedule change. Some of the keys to successful block scheduling include: consult resources outside the school community; involve teachers, administrators, students, and parents in the process; provide staff development; and constantly seek feedback. The booklet offers case studies taken from nine U.S. states and territories that have introduced block scheduling into their schools. A list of frequently asked questions appears at the end. (Contains 14 references, 15 additional resources, and 5 internet resources.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Lab. at Brown Univ., Providence, RI.