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Block Scheduling - Its Manifestations and Effectiveness


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COMMENTARY

Block scheduling has received increased attention in recent years as an important scheduling option to support school reform efforts. As a time management strategy, block scheduling allegedly opens up possibilities for many desirable instructional arrangements, including, but not limited to, reduced student/teacher ratios, flexible groupings, and performance based assessment.

Despite the vigorousness of the recent renewed interest in and implementations of block scheduling, there remains little hard evidence to prove or disprove its effectiveness as a superior school schedule to increase academic achievement. Our patrons who wish to review extant evidence are advised to be especially attentive to those ERIC citations below that are classified as either "Research Report" or "Evaluative Report" in the "Document Type" field.

Commentary by Liselle Drake, Reference Librarian, ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment & Evaluation

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ERIC DIGESTS
[Topical Overviews in Full-Text]

Block Scheduling [1996] - by Karen Irmsher

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ERIC DOCUMENTS CITATIONS

Dynamic Search of the ERIC Documents Database for Block Scheduling
This option employs the Thesaurus of ERIC Descriptors as the search interface for the ERIC documents database. If you would like to ensure a current bibliography of ERIC documents, then we highly recommend that you pursue this option. Also, you may edit the given prefabricated strategy to introduce concepts into the search to accommodate your specific needs.

ERIC Documents Citations for Block Scheduling

Instructions for ERIC Documents Access

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MAJOR BIBLIOGRAPHIC RESOURCES
[Check your local library or bookstore for access]

N.B. Major bibliographic resources may have been cited in the bibliography of ERIC documents, above.
Adams, Don C. Leadership and the Change Process in Relation to Block
	Scheduling. [audio recording]  Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision
	and Curriculum Development, 1997.

Gainey, Donald G. Questions and Answers about Block Scheduling:
	an Implementation Guide. Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education, 1999.
	
Marshak, David. Encouraging Student Engagement in the Block Period.
	Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education, 1999.
	
Vars, Gordon F. A Bibliography of Research on the Effectiveness of
	Block-time, Core, and Interdisciplinary Team Teaching Programs.
	Kent, OH: National Association for Core Curriculum, 1997.

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INTERNET RESOURCES

Block Scheduling [http://carei.coled.umn.edu/bsmain.htm] - by the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, University of Minnesota
This very thorough site provides links to full-text research reports and multiple sources of FAQs regarding practitioners' management of block scheduling.

Effects on Students of a 4 X 4 Junior High School Block Scheduling Program.[1999] [http://olam.ed.asu.edu/epaa/v7n3.html]- by R. Brian Cobb, Stacey Abate, and Dennis Baker
available as
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v7, n3.

Yahoo's Index of Internet Sites for Block Scheduling [http://dir.yahoo.com/Education/Theory_and_Methods/Block_Scheduling/]

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Publication Notes:
Created: June 4, 1997
Last Revised: April 9, 1999

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