Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Scheduling, Types of in Schools
Donald Gene Hackmann
The school schedule is the administrative mechanism by which the instructional day is divided into manageable timeframes so that school personnel can deliver the curriculum. An effective scheduling model maximizes available instructional time for learning activities, empowers teachers with decision-making authority to group learners for skills instruction, and provides teachers with the flexibility and creativity to design and deliver instructional methods that fully engage students in the process of learning. Mastery of curriculum content for all learners is the goal of an efficacious scheduling model. The number of minutes allocated for instruction within a discipline is a critical variable when considering curriculum mastery. Educators, therefore, must consider issues related to curriculum breadth, depth, and balance when designing the school schedule because mastery of curriculum standards is closely correlated with the time spent on learning activities. For example, requiring the curriculum to include a variety of disciplines will expose the student ...