Date Approved

5-31-1999

Embargo Period

8-1-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Capasso, Ronald L.

Subject(s)

High schools; Schedules, School

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this case study was to discover and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of block scheduling at Mainland Regional High School. The major focal point of this case study was the perceptions on block scheduling of teachers, students, and parents.

This study blends the richness of qualitative research with the range of quantitative research. Approximately 180 sophomore students participated in the pilot program. Four teachers volunteered to teach the classes in the pilot program. The students completed a pre and post survey. At the conclusion of the first semester, random students were chosen to be interviewed. All the participating teachers completed a pre and post interview. The parents of the participating students also were surveyed. Members of the school administration were interviewed at the conclusion of the first semester. A five-point Likert scale was developed and utilized for the surveys.

In general students and teachers enjoyed their experience in block scheduling. Parents were also somewhat receptive to the idea of block scheduling. It is noted that the pilot program was a combination of traditional and block scheduling. This seems to be the path Mainland Regional High School should travel.

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