ERIC Number: ED452615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
The Effectiveness of Block Scheduling.
Creamean, Sharon Lightle; Horvath, Robert Jeffery
This report describes a program for the exploration of block scheduling. The targeted population consists of high school students in a growing, middle-class community, located in a suburban setting of a large mid-western city. The historical background of block scheduling is documented through data gathered using attendance reports, student referrals, suspensions, grade distribution data, and parent, student, and teacher surveys. Student attendance was an area that the school administration assessed for possible improvement. Another problem area addressed was to seek a calmer, safer, more academic school climate. The administration also sought to enhance student achievement. Block scheduling strategies consisting of changes in instructional strategies, time management, staff development, opportunity for innovations, resulted in a more flexible and productive school environment. Project result data indicated percentage increases in attendance, a general declining tendency in referrals with the same tendencies in suspensions, and no significant change in the percentage of grade distribution. Surveys indicate a positive feeling with regard to keeping block scheduling within the school system. The appendix contains questionnaires and percentage responses from students, parents, and teachers. (Contains 25 references.) (MLF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University Field-Based Masters Program.