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Making the Most of Middle School: A Field Guide for Parents and Others


reviewed by Barbara Blackburn 2004

coverTitle: Making the Most of Middle School: A Field Guide for Parents and Others
Author(s): Anthony W. Jackson, P. Gayle Andrews, Holly Holland, and Priscilla Pardini
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 080774476X, Pages: 160, Year: 2004
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In Making the Most of Middle School: A Field Guide for Parents and Others, Jackson , Andrews, Holland , and Parini use a variety of sources (external research, their own research, real-life examples) to describe the middle school experience in an easily understandable manner. Working from their background as parents, teachers, and researchers, the authors focus on moving beyond the myths of middle schools to understanding and being involved in the middle school years in a positive way. For many parents, sending a child to middle school creates negative images, in part, due to the horror stories they have heard from others (i.e., normal kids turn into nightmares at this age; the child you’ve raised disappears for about three years and hopefully returns when they ‘grow out of it’). Instead of simply explaining that the stereotypical ‘rollercoaster years’ perception of middle schoolers is wrong, the authors provide practical, pointed vignettes to portray the real contradictions surrounding this age group: He sleeps with stuffed animals but stands up to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2273-2276
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11364, Date Accessed: 8/21/2017 12:01:56 PM

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