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ERIC Number: EJ782788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Listening to the Voices of Young Adolescents
Doda, Nancy; Knowles, Trudy
Middle School Journal (J3), v39 n3 p26-33 Jan 2008
This article reports a small-scale study on young adolescents in understanding what they think, feel, and experience as young people and as middle school students. Approximately 2,700 young adolescents who attend middle schools in diverse communities across the United States and North America responded to the question: "What should middle school teachers know about middle school students?" The authors asked teachers in approximately 30 different middle level schools to solicit written responses to the key question. The students' unedited responses were collected and analyzed and were found to be perceptive, honest, and wise. The authors discovered that the majority of letters they received contained profound insights, reflecting the remarkable capacity of young adolescents to describe themselves and their school worlds. They had identified several subthemes which were clustered under two broad areas: (1) quality learning; and (2) quality relationships. In this article, the authors share the students' responses and what they think these findings mean for those seeking to improve middle grades education. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A