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ERIC Number: EJ798522
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 12
Duerr, Laura L.
Educational Horizons, v86 n3 p173-180 Spr 2008
Middle school students are naturally curious about their expanding possibilities. This stage of their lives is a time of transition, of figuring out who they are and where they belong in the world. Many students also think that the world they look at through the classroom window is distant and unconnected to the world of chalkboards and pop quizzes they inhabit between the hours of eight and three. Models of middle school education have often included teacher and community expectations developmentally inappropriate for young adolescents; in fact, middle school students were often treated more like smaller versions of high school students. A newer model of the middle school seeks to explore many areas of recreational as well as academic and vocational interest. However, exploration opportunities are limited only to what the school can imagine. In this article, the author talks about interdisciplinary instruction and how this approach makes learning more effective for all students especially adolescents.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Adolescents, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development, Instructional Materials, Integrated Curriculum, Units of Study, Adolescent Development, Student Characteristics, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
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