Some extra input for the middle-school debate (and it’s all about ‘dogs’)

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It’s a debate that can be very lively in e.g. our language regio (The Netherlands and the Flemish part of Belgium), but it’s also an issue in many other countries: is a middle school approach better? Findings from new research published in American Educational Research Journal suggest that longer grade spans that allow middle grade students to serve as relative “top dogs”—students in the highest grades—improve academic achievement and enhance their learning environment, including fewer instances of bullying and fights. But the study doesn’t limit itself to the middle school phenomenon.

Still the study has some limitations (e.g. very regional data collection) I would love to see some replication!

From the press release (in which the findings section is interesting):

Attending a K-8 school as opposed to a 6-8 school, for example, would benefit sixth graders because they would no longer be “new dogs” in the school, would benefit seventh graders…

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