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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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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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Sugimoto, Amanda T.; Turner, Erin E.; Stoehr, Kathleen J. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
The pedagogical practice of connecting mathematical content to real world contexts, particularly contexts relevant to students' knowledge and experiences, can positively impact student motivation as well as promote conceptual understanding. However, little is known about how middle school teachers actually make relevant world connections, and more…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Teachers, Mathematical Models
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Sokal, Laura; Katz, Jennifer – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2015
While students begin schooling with high engagement levels, these levels begin to drop in the middle years of schooling but appear to recover somewhat in 10th grade, suggesting that the middle years of schooling are an especially vulnerable time in terms of student engagement (Willms et al., 2009). Moreover disengagement is most common in students…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Middle School Students, Models, Learner Engagement
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Tyler, Kenneth M. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2015
Academic cheating within the middle grades has become a prevalent schooling dilemma for teachers and administrators. Among the various contextual and cognitive factors that promote academic cheating is home-school dissonance, which has been shown to predict the phenomenon among high school students. The current study extends this line of research…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Middle School Students, Urban Youth, Cheating
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Beck, Jori S.; Buehl, Michelle M.; Taboada Barber, Ana – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2015
This article conveys the findings from 2 separate, but related, investigations designed to uncover students' perceptions of reading and learning in middle school social studies as well as their engagement in this content area. Study 1 utilized semistructured interviews as an initial foray into understanding students' perceptions of reading and…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Middle School Students
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Schmidt, Jennifer A.; Shumow, Lee; Kackar-Cam, Hayal – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2015
Researchers examined teacher-related variation in the effects of a classroom intervention designed to impact seventh graders' beliefs about the nature of ability in science as fixed or malleable. Analyses of quantitative data from 7 science classrooms across 2 teachers revealed significant teacher effects in the extent to which students' beliefs…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Grade 7, Science Instruction
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Hurst, Sylvia; Griffity, Priscilla – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2015
The purpose of this research was to examine the effect of teacher read-aloud on adolescent learning in science and variation according to individual reading ability. The study gathered both quantitative and qualitative data for analysis from 2 treatment procedures. All seventh and eighth grade students participated in 2 consecutive units of study:…
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Reading Aloud to Others, Pretests Posttests
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Carpenter, Dick M., II; Clayton, Grant – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
Using confirmatory factor analysis, this study examines the validity of the Usher and Pajares Sources of Self-Efficacy in Mathematics (SSEM) for prospective or eventual first-generation college students while still in middle school, a population not studied with the SSEM heretofore. Studying this population is especially noteworthy as educators…
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Middle School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Self Efficacy
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Strahan, David; Melville, Celia; Hedt, Melissa – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
When teachers at an urban middle school received a professional development grant to design challenging seminars, researchers explored the dynamics of curriculum development toward literacy integration and examined students' responses. As they prepared to implement Common Core Standards, teachers selected Paideia seminars as an approach to…
Descriptors: Literacy, Seminars, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Watkins, Naomi M.; Liang, Lauren Aimonette – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
While the contents of K-6 basal readers have been recently examined (Dewitz, Leahy, Jones, Sullivan, 2010; Moss, 2008; Moss & Newton, 2002), the contents of secondary school literature anthologies have been vastly ignored in the last 2 decades. Given the Common Core State Standards' division of literary and informational text across content…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Common Core State Standards, Literacy, Grade 6
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Assaf, Lori Czop – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
Research on the sociocultural processes of writing and its impact on writing instruction in the middle grades has gained increased attention in educational research. Less attention has been devoted to research on writing with middle grade English learners (ELs) who are mainstreamed into English only classrooms. National assessment data, reports,…
Descriptors: Writing Ability, English Language Learners, Writing Instruction, Middle School Teachers
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Ellerbrock, Cheryl; Kiefer, Sarah M.; Alley, Kathleen M. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
This qualitative case study (N = 24) analyzed in what ways school-based interpersonal relationships may have helped to set the foundation for young adolescents' belonging within 1 large, diverse urban sixth through eighth grade middle school. Eighteen students (11-14 years old), 5 teachers, and 1 administrator were individually interviewed in the…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Early Adolescents, Urban Schools
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Schaefer, Mary Beth; Rivera, Lourdes M. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
The middle grades years has a profound and lasting impact on student achievement, including opportunities for college and career access and readiness. It is important that students at this age understand college and college life. Such understanding can help middle grades students focus on career goals and postsecondary planning, and this awareness…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 7, Urban Schools, At Risk Students
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Matteson, Shirley M. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
For this study, 119 middle level teacher candidates identified, observed, and documented their interactions with middle school "ghost children" as part of their field placement activities. About two thirds of the 124 ghost children identified for this study were male. The teacher candidates documented additional characteristics of ghost…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers
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