Educating Young Adolescents: Life in the Middle

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Today's middle schools are the most dynamic educational institutions in the U.S. The 10 to 14-year-olds served by these schools are undergoing profound emotional, social, and physical changes. This volume of original essays analyzes the special needs of these students and the schooling that has failed or succeeded during this important transition to adolescence. Chapters cover the philosophy and history of middle-level education; physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development; preparation to teach; the ...
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Overview

Today's middle schools are the most dynamic educational institutions in the U.S. The 10 to 14-year-olds served by these schools are undergoing profound emotional, social, and physical changes. This volume of original essays analyzes the special needs of these students and the schooling that has failed or succeeded during this important transition to adolescence. Chapters cover the philosophy and history of middle-level education; physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development; preparation to teach; the ideal middle-level teacher; leadership and organization in the middle-level school; core and exploratory curriculum; advisor-advisee relationships; teaching strategies; classroom management; interscholastic and intramural activities in physical education.
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Analyzes the particular needs of people 10 to 14 years old arising from the profound emotional, social, and physical changes they are undergoing, and the failures and successes of middle schools in meeting those needs. The 15 original essays lay the philosophical and historical bases for the education of the age group, their characteristics, the nature and preparation of teachers, administrative concerns, and curriculum issues. The contributors have either current or past experience in middle schools. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780815310211
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Series: Source Books on Education Series , #42
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Philosophy: A Guide to Middle School Program Development 3
2 Middle Level Education: An Historical Perspective 27
3 Growth and Development during the Middle School Years 53
4 Early Adolescent Social and Emotional Development: A Constructivist Perspective 79
5 Cognitive Development of Young Adolescents 111
6 Preparing Teachers for Middle Level Schools: Meeting the Needs of Adolescents 131
7 The Ideal Middle Level Teacher 149
8 Leadership in the Middle Level School 171
9 Organization of the Middle Level School: Evolution and a Vision for Restructuring 201
10 Reshaping Core Curriculum: Getting People Ready for the World 233
11 Exploratory Curricula in the Middle Level 261
12 Advisor-Advisee Programs: Uniquely Designed to Meet the Affective Needs of Young Adolescents 277
13 Age-Appropriate Teaching Strategies 307
14 Transcending Classroom Management: Assisting the Development of Caring, Responsibility, and Community in the Middle School Classroom 353
15 Physical Education and Athletics within the Middle School Philosophy 389
Concluding Remarks 421
Contributors 423
Index 427
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