4 dages skoleuge

Skærmbillede 2015-09-09 kl. 10.13.55I USA kæmper skolerne også med at få budgetterne til at hænge sammen. Det har gjort at man nogle steder har eksperimenteret med forskellige initiativer for at lukke budget huller og afværge lærer fyringer. Bl.a. indføres nogle steder fire-dages skole uger for at reducere omkostningerne. Den fire-dages uge kræver betydelige skemaændringer når længden af ​​den enkelte skoledag øges for at opfylde årsnormen.

Skolerne antyder at løsningen har forbedret økonomien, men det har hidtil været uvist, om det var på bekostning af elevernes indlæring.

En undersøgelse fra Colorado har undersøgt forholdet mellem fire-dages ugen og indlæringen blandt 5. og 6. klasses skoleelever. Den viser at indlæringen i matematik steg, hvor den i læsning holdt sig på samme niveau.

Disse nye undersøgelser har overrasket forskerne der siger at det gik stik imod deres forventning.

En af forskerne,Dr Mary Beth Walker, udtaler:

“What interested me about our results is they were completely opposite to what we anticipated.

We thought that especially for the younger, elementary school kids, longer days on a shorter school week would hurt their academic performance because their attention spans are shorter.

Also, a longer weekend would give them more opportunity to forget what they had learned.”

Som en spekulativ konklusion på hvorfor resultaterne slog positivt ud for 4-dages ugen sagde Dr Walker:

“My own personal hypothesis is teachers liked it so much – they were so enthusiastic about the four-day week – they did a better job. But there’s also some evidence in other labor studies that four-day work weeks enhance productivity. Maibe it also is applicable for teachers.”

Kilder:

  1. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/6047291329887686656/edit
  2. http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/10.1162/EDFP_a_00165#.Vd3cGGA7_Js.
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