Date Approved

4-29-1999

Embargo Period

8-1-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Johnson, Theodore

Subject(s)

Indian Mills Memorial School (Shamong Township, N.J.)--Curricula

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the present middle school program at the Indian Mills Memorial School, and create a new program. The program was based on research that enumerated the best practices in exemplary middle schools and the needs and characteristics of young adolescents.

The sample was the 51 teachers of the IMMS, five administrators, parents, and one class each from fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.

The survey used was Middle Grades Assessment Program from the Center for Early Adolescence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There were different surveys for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. The participants were to mark their level of agreement with statements concerning our present program. The statements correlated to the best practices for middle school students. The data was then converted into percentages that revealed how satisfied different groups were with the present program.

Results based on the survey revealed areas of weakness and areas of strengths existing in the present middle school program when compared to the new proposal. Recommendations based on the results included more site based management, greater participation of teachers in decision-making, an increase in higher-level thinking skills, and a stronger focus on improving curriculum.

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