Fourth and Fifth Grade Departmentalization: A Transition to Middle School

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Journal for the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Vol: 13, Issue: 2, Page: 5-13

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Chan, Tak C.; Terry, Daniel; Bessette, Harriet J.
departmentalization; student preparation; Education; Educational Psychology; Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration; Elementary Education and Teaching; Junior High, Intermediate, Middle School Education and Teaching
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The difficulties involved in the transition for students leaving elementary school, where there typically exists little departmentalization, to the middle school, where departmentalization is the primary structure, have often been noted by scholars. While some studies cited in this work indicated a decrease in student achievement with the implementation of departmentalization, this approach should not be categorically rejected. In this regard, this study examines how elementary students can begin to be better prepared in fourth and fifth grades to enter the departmentalization system.