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Middle Start
An Experiment in the Educational Enrichment of Young Adolescents


Part of American Sociological Association Rose Monographs

  • Date Published: November 1977
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521292078

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  • This 1977 book reports on an experimental program that was designed to discover whether a summer of intensive academic work and recreation on a college campus could significantly improve the educational performance of economically disadvantaged thirteen-year-old children. For three successive summers, sixty-five experimental participants and sixty-five control participants were selected randomly from schools in two large cities and three small cities. Experimental and control pairs were carefully matched. The results of this program were assessed in terms of six indicators: persistence in school, junior high school grades, senior high school grades, achievement test scores, assignment to a special school track, and attendance at academic or other special schools. On all six measures the performance of experimental pupils was judged superior to that of their matched control partners. The results of Middle Start indicate that even in the middle years of schooling, inner-city children can be helped significantly by skilful educational intervention.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1977
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521292078
    • length: 152 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.23kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    1. The sources of academic achievement: theoretical perspective
    2. Methods of the Middle Start program
    3. Backgrounds of the Middle Starters
    4. Testing a hypothesis by matched pairs
    5. Toward educational enrichment

  • Authors

    J. Milton Yinger, Oberlin College, Ohio

    Kiyoshi Ikeda, University of Hawaii

    Frank Laycock, Oberlin College, Ohio

    Stephen J. Cutler, Oberlin College, Ohio

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