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ERIC Number: ED444718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 168
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Middle School Attributes in Alberta: Their Effects on Student Achievement at the Grade Six Level.
Hadden, Keith W.
Canada is experiencing a dramatic growth in interest in and implementation of the middle school concept. Currently needed is information on the specific characteristics of the middle school as it develops in Canada and information validating the practices that are accompanying restructure efforts. This study investigated the relationship between 18 middle school attributes and student achievement at the grade 6 level in Alberta. The middle school attributes of concern were: (1) continuous progress; (2) multi-material approach; (3) flexible scheduling; (4) social experiences; (5) physical experiences; (6) intramural activities; (7) team teaching; (8) planned gradualism; (9) exploratory studies; (10) guidance services; (11) independent study; (12) basic skill instruction; (13) creative experiences; (14) security; (15) evaluation; (16) community relations; (17) responsiveness; and (18) cooperative learning. Participating in the study was a stratified random sample of 10 schools in Alberta, drawn from 45 surveyed public schools containing grade 6 in some combination with other grades up to grade 9 but not below grade 4. Student achievement was measured by scores attained on the four Grade 6 Provincial Achievement Tests released in August 1998. Combined scores and gender-specific scores for each of the four subjects were investigated. The Middle School Attribute Survey (MSAS) measured the level of implementation of middle school programming in the sample schools. Findings indicated positive relationships between several middle school attributes and student achievement, most notably between overall implementation of middle school programming and language arts achievement for boys and social studies achievement for both genders. (Eight appendices include the MSAS, definitions of middle school attributes, and data collection forms. Contains 107 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada