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Block Scheduling -- Research Starters Education

By: Merritt, R. D.;

2008 / EBSCO


This article presents an overview of block scheduling in U.S. public schools. The general types and variations of block schedules that have wide application and that are discussed in this article are: (1) the straight block type, semester 4 X 4 variation; (2) the modified block type, alternate-day A/B variation; and (3) the mixed, hybrid, or composite type, 2day block/3-day traditional variation. Block schedules have both advantages and disadvantages and have had inconsistent and sometimes conflicting outcomes even in similar school settings. The number of empirical research studies relating to the use of block scheduling has steadily increased since the 1990s and provide stronger evidence of its beneficial application in certain school settings. Replicable experimental research studies with multiple designs simultaneously under the same treatments will ultimately yield more conclusive evidence and more generalizable findings with regard to the performance and success of block scheduling in variant contextual and situational school settings.