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Nagle, James; Taylor, Don – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
In 2013 the Vermont legislature enacted Act 77 mandating that students in Grades 7-12 develop personalized learning plans (PLPs) to guide them toward high school graduation using proficiency-based requirements. In the present qualitative self-study, we document the impact of implementation of a personal learning framework integrating PLPs into a…
Descriptors: Humanities Instruction, Educational Practices, Constructivism (Learning), Integrated Activities
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Kulm, Gerald – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2013
In this article, the author describes some efforts initiated about 2 decades ago to reform mathematics assessment. Many, if not most, of those ideas have gradually eroded not only from school practice but also from the knowledge base of current day thinking and research in mathematics assessment. In addition to exploring and explaining the policy,…
Descriptors: Mathematics Tests, Evaluation Methods, Adoption (Ideas), Educational Policy
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Kelly, Courtney – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2011
This article examines an after-school program in which English language learners (ELLs) collaborated with their mainstream peers at an urban middle school to produce a multilingual video that addressed a social issue. The project, which was grounded in the tenets of critical and culturally relevant pedagogies, allowed the young people to mobilize…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Social Problems, Critical Theory, School Activities
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Hough, David L. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2011
More than 2,300 teachers in 241 schools across 25 states participating in a professional development approach to character education classroom management known as Development Designs 1 and Developmental Designs 2 (DD1 & DD2) were studied throughout the 2008-2009 academic school year. Data from this longitudinal program evaluation indicate that…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Poverty, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation
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Hough, David L.; Schmitt, Vicki L. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2011
This study reports finding from an ex post facto causal-comparison study utilizing data from a multifaceted program evaluation of a professional development approach to classroom management known as Development Designs 1 and Developmental Designs 2 (DD1 & D2). Data from this program evaluation indicate that teachers implement a number of classroom…
Descriptors: Expertise, Classroom Techniques, Middle Schools, Poverty
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Tosa, Sachiko – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2011
This study examined similarities and differences in how U.S. and Japanese middle-school science teachers teach science through inquiry. Classroom practices were examined through observations in the United States (N = 9) and Japan (N = 14). The observational data were coded and quantified based on the rubric that incorporated 2 dimensions: student…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Scientific Concepts, Multivariate Analysis, Foreign Countries
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McCollum, Elan C.; Yoder, Nicholas P. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2011
Middle school students perform well academically when their schooling environment meets their developmental needs (Eccles et al., 1993). Both school culture and student-teacher relationships are influential aspects of the school environment that impact academic expectations, school satisfaction, and academic performance. In the current study, we…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, School Culture, Educational Environment
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Hough, David L. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2011
This study presents findings from an evaluation of the Developmental Designs classroom management approach and professional development model during its first year of implementation across 22 middle schools in a large, Midwestern school district. The impact of this professional development model on teaching and learning as related to participants'…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Quasiexperimental Design, Middle Schools, Questionnaires
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Roe, Mary F. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2010
In this qualitative study, the author explored the concept of differentiation in urban, suburban, and rural language arts classrooms. The overall goal of understanding how differentiation occurred in these classrooms led to the following specific intentions: (1) to identify teachers' understandings of differentiation, (2) to understand their…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Individualized Instruction, Classroom Observation Techniques, Language Arts
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Frey, Bruce B.; Schmitt, Vicki L. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2010
This study examined classroom assessment practices of 3rd- through 12th-grade teachers in a Midwestern state. In addition to determining the frequency with which specific assessment item formats were utilized, the level of use of selected "best practice" approaches to assessment was considered ("performance-based assessment,…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Best Practices
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Howard, Keith E.; Anderson, Kenneth A. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2010
Stereotype threat research has demonstrated how presenting situational cues in a testing environment, such as raising the salience of negative stereotypes, can adversely affect test performance (Perry, Steele, & Hilliard, 2003; Steele & Aronson, 1995) and expectancy (Cadinu, Maass, Frigerio, Impagliazzo, & Latinotti, 2003; Stangor,…
Descriptors: Cues, Stereotypes, Standardized Tests, Foreign Countries
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Dyson, Ben; Coviello, Nicole; DiCesare, Emma; Dyson, Lisa – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2009
The purpose of this study was to explore and interpret students' perspectives of their experiences in four urban middle school physical education programs. Focus group interviews with 76 students were supported by field notes and researchers' reflective journals. Researchers used constant comparison methods (Lincoln & Guba, 1985) to identify seven…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Play, Physical Activities, Focus Groups
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Donalson, Kathleen – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2009
The purpose of this case study was to explore the perceptions and experiences of one class of sixth grade middle students enrolled in a Title I reading class. The class consisted of 15 students. Through instrumental case study, qualitative data were collected over 24 weeks through (a) interviews, (b) observations, and (c) documents: student…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Basal Reading, Reading Programs, Standardized Tests
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Calderone, Cynthia; Bennett, Susan V.; Homan, Susan; Dedrick, Robert F.; Chatfield, Anne – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2009
The purpose of this quantitative study, funded by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) through Just Read, Florida!, was to investigate the use of Tune in[TM] to Reading, an innovative reading intervention, with struggling adolescent readers in the juvenile justice system. One hundred and three students who exhibited issues ranging from…
Descriptors: Juvenile Justice, Residential Institutions, Secondary Education, Antisocial Behavior
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Bartosh, Oksana; Tudor, Margaret; Ferguson, Lynne; Taylor, Catherine – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2009
This paper reports on a project which investigates the impact of systemic environmental education (EE) programs on student achievement on EE-based integrated tests and standardized tests in math, language arts, and listening. Systemic environmental education programs are defined by curriculum designed to align and integrate subjects around real…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Academic Achievement, Standardized Tests, Mathematics Tests
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