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ERIC Number: EJ844465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1715-2461
An Examination of the Balanced School Day Schedule
Woehrle, Trisha; Fox, Susan; Hoskin, Brenda
Ontario Action Researcher, v8 n3 article 1 2005
Principals are always looking for effective ways to enhance the learning environment. The Balanced School Day (BSD) schedule, an alternative to the traditional schedule, reframes the school day by eliminating recess and lunch breaks and providing two scheduled nutrition breaks. Advantages and disadvantages to the schedule have been anecdotally reported. A two-year evaluation was completed to verify these claims. The BSD showed some favourable results (e.g., amount of instructional and transition time, school cleanliness), some positive trends (e.g., student concentration and behaviour in the hallway), and some mixed results (e.g., supervision time and outdoor time). Although the evaluation did not provide a direct assessment of the schedule's impact on student achievement, some teachers and parents felt that students were achieving better. Tracking will need to take place over the next few years to examine student achievement within these schools. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada