ERIC Number: ED441232
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
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Success in the Vertical Classroom.
Xavier College opened its doors in 1995 to cater to students who lived in the outer suburbs and semi-rural areas of Adelaide, Australia. Classes of 32 students contained those who could read fluently and those who could barely write their names. A curriculum pattern was established for a 2-year program in which students would be expected to complete seven units in each of the compulsory subjects of English, science, and math. A vertical classroom is a classroom with students from two different year levels; each vertical classroom is made up of students who have elected to study at a particular ability level: introductory, standard, advanced, or extended. Within each level in English, for example, there are five domains of study: novel, drama, media, poetry, and writing. As expected, there were a number of "teething problems" during the program's first year in 1998. Close monitoring using tutor teachers was introduced at the beginning of the year. A lot of assistance was needed in selecting units, particularly those of students in the lower levels. Predictably, some units of study were very popular, while others were very unpopular. Most students thought that there was a good variety of units on offer. It will be interesting to see what the long term advantages or disadvantages will be with this vertical timetabling system. (NKA)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, English Instruction, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Student Needs, Units of Study, Vertical Organization
For full text: http://www.nyu.edu/education/teachlearn/ifte/reid1.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia