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Focus on the wonder years : challenges facing the American middle school
Juvonen, Jaana.
Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : Rand, [2004]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 155 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
"Prepared for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation."

"RAND Education."

Errata slip included.
Reading Level:
1510 Lexile.
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Young teens undergo multiple changes that seem to set them apart from other students. But do middle schools actually meet their special needs? The authors describe some of the challenges and offer ways to tackle them, such as reassessing the organization of grades K-12; specifically assisting the students most in need; finding ways to prevent disciplinary problems; and helping parents understand how they can help their children learn at home.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
The Rand Corporation Quality Assurance Processp. v
Figuresp. xi
Tablesp. xiii
Summaryp. xv
Acknowledgementsp. xxi
Abbreviationsp. xxiii
Chapter 1 Goals, Terms, Methods, and Organizationp. 1
Chapter 2 A Brief History of the U.S. Middle Schoolp. 9
Chapter 3 Core Practices of the Middle School Conceptp. 20
Chapter 4 Academic Achievementp. 28
Chapter 5 Conditions for Student Learningp. 46
Chapter 6 Principalsp. 64
Chapter 7 Promoting Teacher Competence Through Trainingp. 73
Chapter 8 Parental Involvementp. 84
Chapter 9 Whole-School Reform Modelsp. 98
Chapter 10 Conclusions and Recommendationsp. 112
Appendix A Characteristics of U.S. Public Schools Serving Middle Gradesp. 120
Appendix B International and National Data Setsp. 125
Appendix C Factor Analysis of Health Behavior in School-Aged Childrenp. 130
Appendix D Research Recommendationsp. 133
Referencesp. 137