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The use of common planning time in ABC Middle School academic teams
by Stephenson, Jerard, Ed.D., College of Saint Elizabeth, 2014, 170; 3620502
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this mixed-methods action research study was to examine the use of collaborative common academic team time at ABC Middle School. A review of the literature indicated that effective middle school academic team meetings allow for interdisciplinary team teachers to collaborate on curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Additionally the literature indicated that the frequency and productivity of these meetings have a correlation to student achievement. In seeking to understand how academic team time is spent, the following three research questions were analyzed: (1) To what extent do middle school academic teams focus team meetings on curriculum development and integration across content areas? (2) To what extent do middle school academic teams focus team meetings on the sharing of instructional ideas and strategies that will improve student learning? (3) To what extent do middle school academic teams focus team meetings on assessments that will enable students to show that they have learned? The findings and recommendations from this study will assist district administration, building administration, faculty, parents, and students in the planning process for school activities, curriculum, instruction, assessment, programs, scheduling, and professional development.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Crews, John
Commitee: Winters, Laura
School: College of Saint Elizabeth
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- New Jersey
Source: DAI-A 75/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle School education, School administration, Teacher education
Keywords: Common planning time, Integrated teams, Teaming
Publication Number: 3620502
ISBN: 978-1-303-90978-8
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