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exploratory subjects

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Sandra Evans (evans.edu)
Tue, 13 May 1997 18:31:42 -0500 (CDT)


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> > To the listserv group: As a middle school art educator, I need reference
> > on the current research for exploratory subjects in the middle school.
> > Our school has been teaching a rotating electives curriculum. this
> > rotation program involves 9 weeks of an elective course (usually art,
> > home living, speech, industrial arts, typing, computer literacy, music,
> > and study skills - when necessary). The student load is 28-30 students
> > per rotation. The rotating electives teachers have tried to impress on
> > the administration that the program is ineffective for several reasons:
> > 1. the students don't buy into the program - their time is too short and
> > they don't believe the grade affects their average, 2. its recess time,
> > 3. the classes are overloaded with students who "don't want to be there."
> > 4. due to 1, 2, and 3 discipline is a problem. With one particularly
> > difficult rotation group, I asked them to write why there was such a
> > problem with attention and discipline. They responded that they did not
> > want to leave the previous elective. When I related this to the
> > administrators today, the response was that "research showed that in
> > middle school exploratory subjects are necessary for these students." I
> > asked "what research," and was told I would be given that information
> > next school year. I find it ironic that in our "GT" and "magnet" middle
> > schools the elective courses are 18 weeks or even a year. Can anyone cite
> > me research on the value of exploratory subjects? Where can I find this
> > information? Anyone with personal experience with this - is it similar to
> > what the rotation program is like and why is it more valuable than a full
> > semester or year course? Thanks for any response.
> > S. H. Evans,
> > emaill: evans.edu
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