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ERIC Number: ED436310
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 11
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South Carolina Middle School's Exploratory Programs: A Research Report.
Warren, Louis; Allen, Michael G.; McKenna, Beverly
There are currently three popular models of exploratory programs in middle level schools: (1) traditional exploratory courses (art, music, industrial arts); (2) elective mini-courses (newspapers, environmental issues, video productions); and (3) integration of exploratory opportunities within the core curriculum (relating a single topic to social studies, language arts, mathematics, etc.). This study surveyed middle level schools in South Carolina to determine which of these three models is most prevalent. A 22-item questionnaire was returned by 63 of 180 South Carolina schools enrolling sixth and/or seventh graders. Sixty of the respondents indicated they had some sort of exploratory program in place. Findings indicated that the state's middle level schools continue to offer, with the greatest frequency, traditional exploratory programs. These programs, with an average number of 25 students and an average length of 50 minutes daily, are typically taught throughout the day. The majority of these classes are taught by teachers hired specifically for the course, and last from 3 to 9 weeks. Most exploratory teachers are not able to select which classes they will teach, whereas most students are able to choose which classes they will take. An overwhelming majority of reporting faculties have made the effort to improve their school's exploratory program by attending workshops, presentations, and visiting other schools with exploratory programs. Findings suggested that South Carolina middle level schools define and recognize exploratory classes when they can be classified as separate; it was concluded that these schools need to continue to place more emphasis on integrating exploration within the core curriculum. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina