The Impact of a Middle School Transition Program on Academic Performance and Social Acceptance of Sixth Graders

Tenganyike O Cook, Tennessee State University

Abstract

Public schools evolved without a master plan and originated as one-room schoolhouses across America. By the 1800s, schools began to organize by grade configurations and during the twentieth century, the first junior high schools were formed. Junior high schools served as a transition point between elementary and high schools but failed to address the unique needs of adolescent students. As a result, the middle school movement was born—the creation of middle schools that would address the developmental needs of adolescents. Despite the creation of middle schools, students still have difficulty transitioning from elementary school to middle school. Unfortunately, students struggle to adjust academically and socially to their new learning environment. The purpose of this study was to identify academic and social components that hinder effective transition as they relate to classroom/school environment, instructional practices, and teacher-student relationships.^

Subject Area

Educational sociology|Middle school education

Recommended Citation

Tenganyike O Cook, "The Impact of a Middle School Transition Program on Academic Performance and Social Acceptance of Sixth Graders" (2017). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI10641293.
https://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI10641293

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