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ERIC Number: EJ776213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0311-6999
A Framework for Research into Australian Middle School Practice
Main, Katherine; Bryer, Fiona
Australian Educational Researcher, v34 n2 p91-105 Aug 2007
As a new reform in Australian education, middle schooling has been gaining momentum. The rationale behind middle schooling is to bridge the traditional primary-high school gap and provide a more developmentally appropriate educational experience for young adolescents. Middle schooling in the USA has gone through a "boom-to-bust" cycle and is currently undergoing a "reinvention" as research on practice and reporting of research on practice has, in the most part, been ad hoc and piecemeal. If Australian middle schools are to avoid the boom-to-bust-to-reinvention cycle experienced in parts of the USA (Beane 2001), then a more systematic approach to researching practice is required. Research-based criteria for systematic study and improvement of middle school practice have been identified as (a) "acceptance" as part of "planning" alternative practice, (b) "effectiveness" as part of "implementing" alternative practice, and (c) "sustainability" as part of "evaluating" alternative practice. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United States