ERIC Number: ED429333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
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The Feasibility of 4X4 Block Scheduling in Secondary Schools: A Review of the Literature.
Stanley, Anthony; Gifford, Lorna J.
This paper reviews the literature on 4x4 block scheduling. Studies reveal that the advantages of such scheduling are simplicity, potential for greater student achievement, and reduced disciplinary referrals. Discipline is enhanced through this type of schedule because it decreases the number of times that students are moving in the halls between disciplined environments. The schedule promotes student achievement by allowing students to attend additional classes during their 4-year high school tenure, by encouraging more engaging learning activities, and by allowing students to concentrate narrowly on the four subjects taken each semester. This concentration may allow for better mastery of material, but it does not allow for the breadth of coverage found in traditional schedules. Consequently, the 4x4 block schedule should not be implemented in districts where test scores and strict adherence to state curriculum guides are considered sacred. Furthermore, student motivation plays a large part in the success or failure of the 4x4 block schedule; motivated students excel in such an environment, whereas poorly motivated students sometimes fall further behind than in traditional schedule environments. It is emphasized that careful planning in implementing 4x4 scheduling is essential to its success. Contains 21 references. (RJM)
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