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Many contemporary American middle schools are stuck in a state of "arrested development," failing to implement the original concept of middle schools to a varying, though equally corruptive degrees. The individual chapters of the book outline in detail how to counter this dangerous trend, offering guidance to those who seek immediate, significant, internal reforms before we lose the unique value of middle schools for our nation's adolescents.
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Reinventing the Middle School

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Overview

Many contemporary American middle schools are stuck in a state of "arrested development," failing to implement the original concept of middle schools to a varying, though equally corruptive degrees. The individual chapters of the book outline in detail how to counter this dangerous trend, offering guidance to those who seek immediate, significant, internal reforms before we lose the unique value of middle schools for our nation's adolescents.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136054785
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Thomas S. Dickinson is a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana State University and has been the editor of Middle School Journal.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: Reform and Reinvention
1 Reinventing the Middle School: A Proposal to Counter Arrested Development 3
2 The School and the Child and the Child in the School 21
3 Hope for Sandy: Transformation Points: A Reinvention Paradigm 39
4 The Arc of Equity in Reinvented Middle Schools 56
5 Standards, Students, and Exploration: Creating a Curriculum Intersection of Excellence 79
6 Connecting Caring and Action: Teachers Who Create Learning Communities in Their Classrooms 96
7 On Headpieces of Straw: How Middle Level Students View Their Schooling 117
8 High-Quality Learning Opportunities in High Poverty Middle Schools: Moving from Rhetoric to Reality 155
9 Transforming Organizational Structures for Young Adolescents and Adult Learning 176
10 Our Turn? Teaming and the Professional Development of Teachers 201
11 The Role of Technology for Learning in the Reinvented Middle School 218
12 Transformation and Context in Middle Grades Reform 249
13 Coming Together to Raise Our Children: Community and the Reinvented Middle School 269
14 Engineering Success through Purposeful Articulation 288
15 Reinventing Middle Level Teacher Preparation via Professional Development Schools 302
16 On a Good Day Everyone Grows: Reflections on the Reinvention of a School 321
Author Biographies 329
Index 337
Author Index 341
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