Re: Block scheduling

Bob Mclaughlin (
Tue, 11 Feb 1997 14:12:08 -0500 ()


I'm forwarding your query to subscribers of an online forum about
alternative uses of school time (, hoping that some
subscribers may be able to offer you advice from their experience and
research. -- Bob McLaughlin

On Sat, 8 Feb 1997 wrote:

> I am interested in hearing from anyone about block scheduling of classes
> where half of a year's curriculum is taken in one semester and the other half
> is taken in the next. What are the advantages? What are the disadvantages?
> Concerns I have include:
> Continuity and retention - Let's say a high school student takes a math
> course first semester of her sophomore year and does not take another one
> until second semester of her junior year. What is the effect?
> Stress - Which is a higher stress situation for a student: concentrating on 6
> or 7 courses each semester for an entire year or concentrating on 4 courses
> per semester, but being required to complete a year's work within a
> semester's time?
> You may reply privately. I am going into a meeting on February 13 and would
> love to bring some anecdotal information with me. I've seen some research,
> but it looks to me like the jury is still out on this one.
> Thanks for your help.
> Mary Miller

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