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ERIC Number: ED478171
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 13
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Sharing the Responsibility: A University-School District Investigation of Middle School Transition.
Deemer, Sandra; McCotter, Suzanne; Smith, Nancy
A collaborative study was conducted to investigate students perceptions of their learning environments in elementary and middle school and to suggest interventions that would aid the school district in creating developmentally appropriate practices at the secondary level as the students experience the transition into middle school. Data were collected from student, teacher, and school leader interviews and through surveys and observations. This study focuses on the responses of elementary and middle school students to surveys and interviews about their perceptions and experiences in the middle school transition. Surveys were administered to 350 sixth graders and 368 seventh graders, and interviews were conducted with 10 seventh graders. Approximately 20% of the students reported difficulty with the transition to middle school. Four themes emerged from the responses. Students felt disconnected from school in grades 6 and 7. They perceived middle school work to be more difficult, and they often felt victimized in their school settings. The fourth theme was that parents did not seem to be heavily involved in schooling in these grades. Findings suggest that the problems may have more to do with struggles faced by students who do not have strong academic profiles than with just making the transition to middle school. An appendix contains the interview questions. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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