Background:Theactivities in which children and students are involved in duringsummer have a major impact on their learning capability. This isevident from the difficulties in integrating classroom conceptsimmediately after vacation. However, this remains a controversialissue among parents, educators and students.
Rationale:Studies indicate that while educators support summer learning,majority of parents are against summer learning programs.
TheoreticalFramework: Theoretically,whileschool is all about work, students are involved in non academicactivities. However, studies have identified some negative effects ofsummer vacation on learning capability.
Researchquestion: Despitethese controversies, this paper aims at identifying the benefit ofsummer learning program and designing a summer learning program.
Methodology:A qualitative research method was selected in analyzing summerlearning loss among students. Small and effective sample groups of 50subjects were selected based on given characteristics from a largegroup of teachers and students from Hackensack middle school. Someof the ethical issues considered in the study included approval fromthe school management and social research risks such as privacy,false data and professional relationships.
Analysis:Multiple research studies indicate that summer vacations results intosignificant learning loss among student. Summer learning programs canbe used as effective tools in bridging the learning gaps.
Implicationfor social change:Middle school summer learning programs are very significant. Theresults of the study can be applied in informing the stakeholders inthe educations sectors on the importance of summer learning. It willhave a positive social change by ensuring that students areinterested, connected and involved in school. This will also preparethem to be better members of the society.