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ERIC Number: EJ1192860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Crossing MGLS with the Middle Grades Research Agenda: A Guide for Researchers
Olofson, Mark W.; Bishop, Penny A.
Middle Grades Review, v4 n2 Article 3 Sep 2018
For the past several years, leaders in middle grades education research have strengthened their call for more methodologically robust quantitative research to address important questions in the field. Recently, two important routes towards addressing this call have emerged: the Middle Grades Longitudinal Study from the National Center for Education Statistics, and a new research agenda from the Middle Level Education Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. In this paper, we conduct a content analysis of the items in the forthcoming longitudinal study in light of the extant research agenda. Results indicate that research questions in eight sections of the agenda are moderately to well-addressed by the data, and that the longitudinal study will provide rich contextual data related to many others. The concurrent emergence of the research agenda and this data offers an opportunity for the research community to engage in high-level quantitative research with a middle grades lens to inform future policy. The item-by-item crosswalk available for download provides guidance for researchers using the Middle Grades Longitudinal Study data to address questions from the research agenda.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Middle Schools, Longitudinal Studies, Statistical Analysis, Data, Research Needs, Student Development, Culturally Relevant Education, Special Needs Students, Faculty Development, Middle School Teachers, Integrated Curriculum, Social Development, Emotional Development, Technology Uses in Education, Teamwork, Interdisciplinary Approach, Magnet Schools, Charter Schools, School Schedules, School Organization
University of Vermont - Middle Grades Review. Waterman Hall, Burlington, VT 05405. Web site: http://scholarworks.uvm.edu/mgreview
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A