A framework for research into Australian middle school practice

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Title A framework for research into Australian middle school practice
Author Main, Katherine Mary; Bryer, Fiona Kayleen
Journal Name Australian Educational Researcher
Editor Lisa Hunter
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Coldstream, Victoria
Publisher Australian Association for Research into Education
Abstract As a new reform in Australian education, middle schooling has been gaining momentum. The rationale behind middle schooling is to bridge the traditional primary-high school gap and provide a more developmentally appropriate educational experience for young adolescents. Middle schooling in the USA has gone through a “boom-to-bust” cycle and is currently undergoing a “reinvention” as research on practice and reporting of research on practice has, in the most part, been ad hoc and piecemeal. If Australian middle schools are to avoid the boom-to-bust-to-reinvention cycle experienced in parts of the USA (Beane, 2001), then we need a more systematic approach to researching practice. Research-based criteria for systematic study and improvement of middle school practice have been identified as (a) acceptance as part of planning alternative practice, (b) effectiveness as part of implementing alternative practice, and (c) sustainability as part of evaluating alternative practice.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.aare.edu.au/aer/aer.htm
Copyright Statement Copyright 2007 Australian Educational Researcher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 34
Issue Number 2
Page from 91
Page to 106
ISSN 0311-6999
Date Accessioned 2007-09-27
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Education Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/15633
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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