ERIC Number: ED443542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
In the Middle: Characteristics of Public Schools with a Focus on Middle Schools. Statistical Analysis Report.
Alt, Martha Naomi; Choy, Susan P.
Prompted by widely held concerns about middle schools' academic rigor and the effectiveness of activities designed to help early adolescents develop in non-academic realms, many middle school educators have renewed efforts to develop curricula and instructional strategies that challenge students academically and expand their intellectual interests, to ensure that teachers receive appropriate training to meet student needs, and to create more nurturing and supportive environments. This report uses data from the Schools and Staffing Survey and the accompanying Teacher Follow-Up Survey to describe various aspects of middle schools, examine how they have changed over time, and compare middle schools with elementary and secondary schools. Following an introduction exploring policy issues related to middle schools, the report examines data in the areas of: (1) organization of schooling, including locations, size and other characteristics, and classroom organization and class size; (2) programs and services, including health-related services; (3) decision making and management, including site-based decision making and principals' and teachers' perceptions of their influence; (4) staffing, including qualifications, teacher workload, and staff turnover; and (5) school climate, including teacher satisfaction, and teachers' and administrators' ratings of problems at their schools. The concluding section of the report explores areas for future research. Tables and notes are appended. (Contains 66 references.) (HTH)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Class Organization, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Comparative Analysis, Decision Making, Early Adolescents, Educational Environment, Educational Policy, Institutional Characteristics, Middle Schools, Public Schools, School Administration, Student Needs, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.