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Smolinsky, Larry; Kennedy, Eugene; Huang, Liuli; Alaniz, Andrew – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2022
The objective of this exploratory study was to examine the interpersonal dynamics of an after-school math club for middle schoolers. Using social network analysis, 2 networks were identified and analyzed: (a) a network of friendship relationships and (b) a network of working relationships. The interconnections and correlations between friendship…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Youth Clubs, After School Programs, Mathematics Instruction
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Hedges, Sarai; Harkness, Shelly Sheats; Given, Kim – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2022
In this article we report on middle school students' understanding of concepts related to the second step of the statistical problem-solving process, study design: create a plan and collect data. Students participated in an open-ended statistics lesson involving nonexperimental study design. For this research we analyzed the students' discourse…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Concept Formation, Research Design, Data Collection
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Peterson, Sarah E.; Tinajero, Josefina V. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2021
This mixed methods case study focuses on one school's experiences with Do the Write Thing (DtWT) Challenge, a national violence prevention program for middle schools. Using the theory of planned behavior as a theoretical framework, we examined program impact and learning activities. Students in participating schools demonstrated significantly more…
Descriptors: Violence, Prevention, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes
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Dingman, Shannon Wayne; Namakshi, Nama; Homem, Steven; Pullman, Hailey – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2021
Prior to the 2010 release of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), the curricular landscape in the United States consisted of an assortment of individual state standards that as a collection reflected little consensus as to the grade placement of specific mathematical content. As CCSSM has now been used as the foundation for…
Descriptors: Middle School Mathematics, Common Core State Standards, Mathematics Curriculum, Alignment (Education)
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Alley, Kathleen M. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2018
The purpose of this study was to investigate the ways middle school students utilized visual photographing literacies during a participatory action research project as they jointly investigated factors that support and/or hinder students' academic success. Research questions included: (a) How do Sage Middle School (pseudonym) students perceive…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Participatory Research
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Starks, Stacy L.; Owens-Mosby, DeAnna; Rakow, Ernest A. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2018
The purpose of the present study was to determine if transitioning from elementary to middle school has an effect on value added scores of sixth graders as compared to scores of students in K-8 schools with no transition. Multivariate analysis of variance was used to analyze achievement data from students in 442 Tennessee public schools for the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Early Adolescents, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Public Schools
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Sweeney, Meghan A.; Townsend, Dianna – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2018
The present study explores the development of academic language and social studies discourse norms among a diverse sample of middle school students, as well as how language development aids rhetorical choices in students' writing. Over the course of 1 semester, students (n = 37) made statistically and practically significant gains in academic…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disciplines, Academic Language, Middle School Students, Social Studies
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Bender, Amy A. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2018
The present study examined how 20 sixth-grade students made meaning while reading graphic novels. Participants completed multiple tasks during a 6-week period. Data sources comprised 1 reading survey, 2 teacher-student conferences, 5 small-group discussions, 1 visual stopping points assignment, and multiple journal entries. Grounded theory methods…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Middle School Students, Cartoons, Novels
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Chapman, Lindsey A.; Calhoon, Mary Beth; Krawec, Jennifer – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2018
Adolescent struggling readers (ASRs) with and without disabilities are often reported uniformly in the literature as disengaged from reading and lacking the motivation required to read. The present study tested, at the beginning of the academic year, reader self-perception of sixth grade ASRs (n = 71) enrolled in remedial reading courses using the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Grade 6, Reading Difficulties
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Hurd, Ellis; Bowden, Angela – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2018
A pre- and postcourse survey was used to collect quantitative data on university students' perceptions and experiences of one hybrid course within a middle level education program. In addition, the survey contained questions addressing the possible impact the hybrid course had on students' perceptions of feeling prepared for urban education and…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, College School Cooperation
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Caldas, Stephen J.; Caldas, Stephanie V.; Kurrus, Kevin – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2018
There are currently mixed findings on the social and academic benefits of youth participation in school sponsored sports, such as football. While some research suggests positive outcomes through increased sense of school belongingness, other studies link participation in football to increased delinquent behavior. Social control theory informed the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Sense of Community, Group Membership, Student School Relationship
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Fitzpatrick, Dan – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2018
In this meta-analysis, I have reviewed published and unpublished research on single-track, year-round education's effect on science and social studies achievement, 2001-2016. Of 30 studies that met inclusion criteria and had data from which an effect size estimate could be calculated, 7 reported science outcomes (18 effect size estimates) or…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Social Studies, Science Achievement, Evidence
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Tomek, Sara; Bolland, Anneliese C.; Hooper, Lisa M.; Hitchcock, Shannon; Bolland, John M. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
High levels of school connectedness have been shown to be associated with positive outcomes for adolescents (e.g., higher levels of self-worth and higher test scores); however, the impact of school connectedness during early adolescence has not been studied in relation to school-related outcomes during later adolescence. The current study explores…
Descriptors: Student School Relationship, Early Adolescents, Outcomes of Education, Middle School Students
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DeMink-Carthew, Jessica – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
Specialized middle level teacher education programs are an oft-purported lever for middle level education reform. Preparing teachers to enact "new" teaching practices that challenge the status quo in field placement schools presents a formidable challenge, however. This research investigated reform-oriented collaborative inquiry (ROCI),…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Student Teaching, Middle Schools, Preservice Teacher Education
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Kiefer, Sarah M.; Pennington, Sarah – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
The purpose of this short-term longitudinal quantitative study was to gain a comprehensive understanding of the influence of teacher autonomy support and structure on young adolescents' academic motivation, classroom engagement, school belonging, and achievement. Middle school students (N = 209, 61% female) self-reported perceptions of teacher…
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Student Motivation, Academic Achievement, Learner Engagement
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