Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: February 22, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412957403 | Print ISBN: 9781412956642 | Online ISBN: 9781412957403| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Marilyn L. Grady
Modular scheduling is an innovation that emerged in the late 1960s. Implemented mainly in high schools, modular scheduling provides flexibility in the scheduling of instruction. Modules (mods) are usually 20 minutes long as compared to the normal class period of 45 to 55 minutes. The school day permits the use of a number of mods per day. Twenty-one mods per class per week is typical. Classes are scheduled in different modular configurations. For instance, classes can be scheduled for one mod, two mods, three mods, or more. On different days, the same class can meet for different numbers of mods. For example, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, a class can meet for two mods. On Tuesday and Thursday, the same class can meet for three mods. The schedule is designed to provide flexibility in instruction and to meet student and course content needs. All students may not attend the same ...