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Title Alternative Scheduling Models and Their Effect on Science Achievement at the High School Level
Author Dostal, Jay Roland
School The University of Nebraska - Omaha
Degree EdD
Date 2010
Adviser Smith, Peter
Pages 143
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Abstract This study will evaluate alternative scheduling methods implemented in secondary level schools. Students were selected based on parent selection of programs. Traditional scheduling involves numerous academic subjects with small increments of time in each class and block scheduling focuses on fewer academic subjects and more instructional time. This study will compare office referral numbers, absence frequency, and Essential Learner Outcome (ELO) science strand scores in the 8th-grade (pretest) to the same students office referrals, absence frequency, and ELO science strand scores in the 11th-grade (posttest) between Seven Period Traditional Scheduling (SPTS) and Four Period Block Scheduling (FPBS) in the hopes that no matter what schedule students are a part of, the achievement results wil! l be similar. (Study participants had completed both grade level ELO assessments and were continuously enrolled in one high school through their junior year.
 
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