Teaching and Learning in Middle Schooling: A Review of the Literature
This paper is a summary of a review of literature carried out in 2007 for the Ministry of Education by Dinham and Rowe of the Australian Council for Educational Research.
Their review, and the summary presented here, are components of a Ministry research programme focused on teaching and learning in the middle schooling years. Other projects within the programme include: a "Study of Students’ Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling"; an investigation of the skills, knowledge and values that may be required by teachers to most effectively meet the needs of Years 7 to 10 students; and an in-depth analysis of ‘student engagement’ during the middle schooling years.
Author(s): Ministry of Education
Date Published: March 2009
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- Preliminary Note
- Rationale for Investigation
- The Literature Review
- Limitations/Scope of the Review
- Background and Context for the ‘Middle Schooling’ Movement
- Middle Schooling in New Zealand and in Similar Countries
- Identifying Key Concerns of Middle Schooling
- Middle Schooling Initiatives Targeted at Specific Problems and/or Groups
- Responses to the Issues and Perceived Problems: Does ‘Middle Schooling’ Make a Difference?
- Difficulties Associated with Middle Schooling Initiatives
- Perceived Requirements for Successful Middle Schooling Initiatives
- Concluding Remarks
- Recapping Some of the Main Points within the Review