Making middle schools destinations of choice for young adolescents

Stacie Pettit, Laura Rychly, Milisa Ziegler, Katie Walker

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


In this chapter, middle schools are presented metaphorically as layover airports, and the need to see middle schools as more like destinations is explored. How can positive learning experiences in middle schoolsbecreatedgiventheshorttimeframeandthetransitionalnatureinherentineventhemosteffective middle schools?The metaphor of a layover airport that students often enter middle school expecting is juxtaposed to illustrating the characteristics of and potential for middle schools in the United States as destinations.This is done using exemplar experiences and middle schools from vastly different locations with varying characteristics and needs, yet all providing positive experiences for young adolescents. This comparison will be made based on what is known about the developmental nature and needs of young adolescents served in middle schools and also on recommendations for effective middle schools made by the Association for Middle Level Education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPromoting Positive Learning Experiences in Middle School Education
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781799870678
ISBN (Print)9781799870579
StatePublished - Jan 15 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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