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Penington, Sarah – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
When investigating motivation, including motivation to read, motivation should be conceptualized as a multidimensional construct which considers the individual's purposes for engaging in the activities under investigation (Deci & Ryan, 2002). Motivation for activities that are undertaken because they are enjoyable in and of themselves or…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Early Adolescents, Classroom Techniques, Comparative Analysis
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Duhaylongsod, Leslie – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
Using transcripts of 6 classroom debates that took place in 4 urban schools, the present study takes a closer look at what middle school students do during classroom debates in the context of a social studies curriculum designed to support student argumentation in debate. Two coding schemes were used to analyze student comments in the transcripts:…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Social Studies, Debate
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Mustafaa, Faheemah N.; Lozada, Fantasy T.; Channey, Joset; Skoog-Hoffman, Alexandra; Jagers, Robert J. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
School engagement is important in promoting adolescents' academic and socioemotional outcomes. We explored whether sixth-grade students' (N = 571, M[subscript age] = 11.27, 52% female, 50% racial/ethnic minority) school engagement at the end of the academic school year was facilitated by their perceptions of teachers' classroom practices and…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Grade 6
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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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Howell, Penny B.; Cook, Chris; Faulkner, Shawn A. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2013
This interpretive, exploratory study utilized survey methodology to document middle level principals' perceptions of effective teaching practices and the preparedness of newly hired middle level teachers. The findings suggest that principals' descriptions of effective teaching differ from their descriptions of effective teachers. Additionally,…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness, Beginning Teachers, Middle School Teachers
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Strom, Paris S.; Thompson, MaryEllen; Strom, Robert D. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2013
Teamwork skills are considered essential in a work environment characterized by diversity and interdependence. Consequently, middle grade teachers arrange cooperative learning so students can acquire experience with solving problems in groups. Teachers also acknowledge that they are frustrated because appropriate instruments are lacking to track…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Inclusion, Middle School Students, Teamwork
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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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Kwame-Ross, Terrance; Crawford, Linda; Klug, Erin – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2011
This article describes the theoretical and conceptual framework upon which the Developmental Designs (DD) approach is based and four fundamental human needs especially compelling for adolescents. These are used as the foreground to explain and contextualize the Developmental Designs' 10 classroom practices and professional development…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Educational Improvement, Federal Programs, Workshops
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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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Piccolo, Diana L.; Capraro, Mary Margaret; Capraro, Robert M. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2010
Fourteen elementary and 6 middle level student teachers were observed and interviewed throughout their initial field placement teaching experience. The Classroom Observation and Performance Assessment for Teachers-Revised (COPAT-R) observation instrument and semistructured interviews were used to compare general and content-specific pedagogical…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Student Teachers, Classroom Observation Techniques, Performance Based Assessment
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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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Chamberlain, Anne; Daniels, Cecelia; Madden, Nancy A.; Slavin, Robert E. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2007
This article describes a randomized evaluation of The Reading Edge, a reading program for middle school students. The Reading Edge was designed to integrate findings of research on cooperative learning and metacognitive reading strategies into a replicable reading instructional package that could be implemented effectively in Title I middle…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Classroom Techniques, Middle Schools, Reading
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Mertens, Steven B.; Flowers, Nancy – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2006
This article examines the implementation and effectiveness of Middle Start, a regional, comprehensive school reform design, focused specifically on middle-grade schools and young adolescents. Utilizing individual school self-study data and employing a quasi-experimental design, factors such as the implementation of interdisciplinary teaming…
Descriptors: Quasiexperimental Design, School Restructuring, Achievement Gains, Academic Achievement