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ERIC Number: EJ779571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
A Voice from the Middle
Kinney, Patti
Principal Leadership, v8 n2 p34-36 Oct 2007
"Whatever were they thinking?" Anyone who has worked with middle level students for any length of time has certainly had that thought pass through his or her mind too many times to count. Although middle level educators may puzzle at the complex, confusing, and often contradictory thought process of young adolescents, they can learn a great deal about what motivates their actions by simply asking them and, more importantly, by taking time to listen to their responses. The National Association of Secondary School Principles (NASSP), Phi Delta Kappa International, and the Lumina Foundation for Education recently joined together to do that very thing when they commissioned A Voice From the Middle. Working with Harris Interactive, this online survey was taken by more than 1,800 middle level students to determine what current young adolescents are thinking about their teachers, their schools, their fellow students, and their plans for the future. Analysis of the results brings the following themes to the fore: (1) caring teachers are key; (2) middle level students care about their education; (3) middle level students look to their future; and (4) middle level students want to be heard.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A