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ERIC Number: EJ982099
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1052-0147
Listening to Their Voices: Middle Schoolers' Perspectives of Life in Middle School
Steinberg, Mary Anne; McCray, Erica D.
Qualitative Report, v17 Article 68 2012
This article examines middle schoolers' perspectives on their lives in middle school. Fifteen middle school students from three middle schools in the Southeast region of the United States participated in a basic qualitative study using focus groups at their schools where they were asked the central question, "If you could change one thing at your middle school, what would it be?" Findings show that students' desire caring teachers, students want active classrooms, and students' technology use impacts attitudes towards learning. Implications are that middle-school learning can increase relevance by teachers demonstrating care for students as individuals; structuring opportunities for students to interact with them and each other around real-world problems; and incorporating technology into learning in ways adolescents already use it. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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