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Chu, Lawrence; Sampson, Victor; Hutner, Todd L.; Rivale, Stephanie; Crawford, Richard H. – Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, 2019
The goal of this study was to examine how the use of a new instructional model is related to changes in middle school students' engineering identity. The intent of this instructional model, which is called argument-driven engineering (ADE), is to give students opportunities to design and critique solutions to meaningful problems using the core…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Middle School Students, Engineering Education, Problem Based Learning
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Knifsend, Casey A.; Juvonen, Jaana – Social Development, 2013
To supplement research on adolescent social identities, the current study examined how social identity complexity relates to ethnic inter-group attitudes in a young adolescent sample (N = 97; "age range" = 12-14 years). Social identity complexity refers to the perceived overlap of groups with which youth align themselves. Descriptive…
Descriptors: Role, Self Concept, Case Studies, Ethnic Groups
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Way, Niobe; Hernandez, Maria G.; Rogers, Leoandra Onnie; Hughes, Diane L. – Journal of Adolescent Research, 2013
Few studies examine how the macro context shapes ethnic or racial identity development during early adolescence. This analysis draws on interview data from 40 African American, Chinese American, Dominican American, and European American middle school students (6th through 8th grade) to explore how stereotypes inform adolescents' ethnic and racial…
Descriptors: Racial Identification, Self Concept, Ethnicity, Stereotypes
Villarreal Sosa, Leticia – ProQuest LLC, 2011
There has been continued concern over the continued high dropout rate among Mexican origin youth. The purpose of this study is to understand how everyday experiences in school shape the content and meaning of Mexican origin students' social identities and how those social identities influence their academic trajectories over the transition to…
Descriptors: Mexicans, Foreign Students, Racial Identification, High School Students
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Young, Jonathan – Management in Education, 2017
This article reports on a research project which focused on the aspirations and identities of students in an international school. Ten boys and ten girls were interviewed using semi-structured and photo-elicitation interviews. This research indicates convincingly that socio-economic background and international capital are crucial factors framing…
Descriptors: International Schools, Middle School Students, Grade 8, Semi Structured Interviews
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Olthouse, Jill M. – Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 2012
Through a qualitative research design, the author explored how eight talented young creative writers related to their craft. The construct, "relationship with writing," emerged as the study's overarching theme; this theme includes students' influences, goals, values, identity, and emotions as these relate to writing. The findings indicated…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Creative Writing, Educational Environment, Gifted
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Rao, Mrinalini A.; Berry, Ruhi; Gonsalves, Ayesha; Hastak, Yogita; Shah, Mukti; Roeser, Robert W. – Journal of Research on Adolescence, 2013
This study examined adolescents' perceptions of cultural change and identity development during an age of globalization in India. Analyses of data from 1497 Indian, urban, middle-class 12-15-year-olds (46% girls) revealed that these youth were aware of changes in their daily lives due to globalization and evaluated such changes in a pragmatic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Urban Areas, Adolescents, Identification (Psychology)
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Hirschi, Andreas – Journal of Career Development, 2011
Vocational identity is one core component of identity construction in adolescence. The current study investigated whether vocational interest structure in terms of differentiation, coherence, elevation, and interest-aspiration congruence would differentiate among students in vocational identity achievement, foreclosure, moratorium, and diffusion.…
Descriptors: Vocational Interests, Discriminant Analysis, Grade 8, Career Exploration
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Altschul, Inna; Oyserman, Daphna; Bybee, Deborah – Social Psychology Quarterly, 2008
How are racial-ethnic identity and acculturation processes linked, and when do they have positive consequences for academic achievement and assimilation trajectory? To address these issues this study integrates two frameworks--segmented assimilation (Portes and Rumbaut 2001) and racial-ethnic self-schema (Oyserman et al. 2003)--that focus on how…
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Ethnicity, Structural Equation Models, Academic Achievement
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Hall, Leigh A. – Reading & Writing Quarterly, 2016
The purpose of this year-long project was to examine an instructional framework intended to help middle school teachers create instruction that responds to students' reading identities while also helping students learn the skills they need to be successful readers. The project used a formative design approach in order to achieve 3 pedagogical…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Middle School Teachers, Reading Instruction, Middle School Students
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Caldwell, Martha – Middle School Journal (J1), 2012
In Inquiry into Identity: Race, Class, and Gender (RCG), an eighth grade social studies class, the students' stories serve as springboards for higher-order learning. Through sharing personal experiences and listening to one another respectfully, students form a learning community in which deep, critical thinking naturally emerges. They gain…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Communication Skills, Critical Thinking, Grade 8
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Patrick, Renee B.; Gibbs, John C. – Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2012
Within the fields of socialization and moral development, the relationship of parenting to adolescents' sense of morality and self has been understudied. This study investigated the relationships between perceived parental disciplinary techniques and moral identity among early and middle adolescents. Participants included 93 (54% female) 5th, 8th…
Descriptors: Discipline, Mothers, Intimacy, Adolescents
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Busey, Christopher L.; Russell, William B., III – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2016
This qualitative study examines the perceptions that Latino students have of middle school social studies. Twelve Latino/a middle school students provided written narratives recounting their experiences in social studies and participated in two semi-structured phenomenological interviews. Findings indicate that social studies teachers rely heavily…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Hispanic American Students, Personal Narratives
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Wilson, Amy Alexandra; Boatright, Michael D. – Research in the Teaching of English, 2011
This case study describes how one eighth-grade student, Jon, asserted Native identities in texts as he attended a middle school in the western United States. Jon--a self-described Native American, Navajo, and Paiute with verified Native ancestry--sought to share what he called his Native culture with others in his school wherein he was the only…
Descriptors: American Indians, Adolescents, Grade 8, Case Studies
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Reeb-Reascos, Kathleen – International Journal of the Whole Child, 2016
The public discourse surrounding English Language Arts (ELA) education in the United States imitates the ongoing debate over state standards and high-stakes testing (Anagnostopoulos, 2003). Since the inception of No Child Left Behind and the subsequent integration of the Common Core State Standards, a paradigm shift toward accountability and the…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Early Adolescents, English Instruction, Language Arts
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