Introduction to the Middle School

EDUC 534
Students will develop familiarity with the history, philosophy, structure, and practice of middle schools. The growth of the middle school movement will be traced to its progressive roots. The course examines middle schools as sites of complex and changing cultures, which are shaped by students' socio-cultural backgrounds and chronological-behavioral stages, as well as current trends and approached to middle school education. Changing cultures and contexts of middle schools will serve as the basis for an exploration into creating schools that are safe for children's learning and social-emotional development through analysis of the Peaceable Schools community building/conflict resolution model.