ERIC Number: ED429335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Student's Perceptions of Block Scheduling Practices in a Selected Arkansas High School.
Calvery, Robert; Sheets, Glenn; Bell, David
This report compares student perceptions of the block schedule with those of the traditional seven periods in high school. It describes a public school that voted to implement a modified three-block schedule containing two traditional periods. The participants in the study were 200 high-school students, all of whom were switched from a traditional 7-period format to a block schedule. Data collected from surveys were used to compare students' perceptions on various areas related to block-scheduling practices. The surveys consisted of 12 Likert-scaled questions focusing on attitudes and perceptions. The results indicate that the students did not significantly favor the use of block scheduling. Even though after the first year students showed an increase in perceptions that favored block scheduling, rising from 17 percent to 36 percent, the majority (59 percent) still preferred the traditional schedule. Students were initially concerned about being able to make up work, but this concern decreased after the first year. Student did record a rise in interest in several factors of the classes but not enough to outweigh preference for traditional scheduling. It is recommended that school administrators should carefully study implementation and evaluation policies when initiating block scheduling. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (27th, New Orleans, LA, November 4-6, 1998).