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ERIC Number: ED538275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep-11
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Scheduling and Achievement. Research Brief
Walker, Karen
Education Partnerships, Inc.
To use a block schedule or a traditional schedule? Which structure will produce the best and highest achievement rates for students? The research is mixed on this due to numerous variables such as: (1) socioeconomic levels; (2) academic levels; (3) length of time a given schedule has been in operation; (4) strategies being used in the classrooms; (5) what data is being used to measure achievement rates?; (6) how are students responding to the schedule?; and (7) how long has the schedule been in effect? There is little to no support that more "in seat" time equals better achievement, yet proponents of this stated that there is more time to add depth to the content and there is less fragmentation of the curriculum. Those who favor block schedules stated that there seem to be fewer discipline problems because the students have fewer passing periods, therefore, they are not in the halls as often as they are when on a traditional schedule. Canady, professor emeritus from the University of Virginia stated, "The schools that seem to be making the best use of scheduling to raise student achievement are those that see scheduling as a resource" ("Changing Times"). The available information on scheduling is abundantly clear, that just changing the schedule will not automatically or magically insure that there will be higher achievement levels. When examining schedules, many issues need to be considered and explored: (1) What are the goals of the school?; (2) How is time in every classroom structured and used?; (3) How is the content and curricula meeting the needs of every student?; and (4) Investigate different schedules and explore those that appear as if they might meet the goals of the school. (Contains 13 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)