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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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Hart, Laura C. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2015
Overall, the research on the effectiveness of single-gender education is inconclusive. However, research also indicates that some benefits beyond academic achievement may be possible. These findings may be significant for middle school girls, who often struggle with social interactions related to adolescence that create barriers in successfully…
Descriptors: Single Sex Classes, Females, Middle School Students, Grade 6
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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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Lewis, Mark A. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
In the current schooling climate, literary competence is increasingly viewed as students' ability to read fiction and nonfiction texts, and then articulate their comprehension of surface-text features (e.g., plot, character, setting, and conflict) through structured settings, such as standardized tests. As a way to argue against the privileging of…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Middle School Students, Story Telling, Personal Narratives
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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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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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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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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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Jansen, Amanda; Bartell, Tonya – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2013
Caring instruction has been shown to support students' engagement with and learning of academic content. Although previous research has shown that caring instruction matters, research is needed that illustrates the nature of caring instruction in a manner that is situated in relation to specific school subjects. Additionally, information about the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Megowan-Romanowicz, M. Colleen; Middleton, James A.; Ganesh, Tirupalavanam; Joanou, Jamie – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2013
In this article we examine how students engage in learning mathematical concepts in the middle grades of an urban public school in the Southwestern United States. In the context of a 3-year National Science Foundation-funded longitudinal study of the development of students' rational number understanding, we encountered differing levels of…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Learner Engagement, Urban Schools, Public Schools
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Merchie, Emmelien; Van Keer, Hilde – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2013
From the age of 11-13, children start to spend increasingly more time on learning from texts. The need arises to support them in dealing with this text information and engaging them in self-regulated learning (SRL). This study is embedded within the cognitive component of SRL and focuses on mind mapping as a promising organizational learning…
Descriptors: Cognitive Mapping, Grade 5, Grade 6, Middle School Students
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Hurd, Ellis – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2012
This study investigates 1 middle level student of mixed heritage and his siblings as they assimilated and achieved within a small urban community. The main case focuses on 1 adolescent's experiences both in and out of schools. How this middle grade student identified and was treated had vast effects on his educational performance, adding insights…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Multicultural Education
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Miller, Nicole C.; Thompson, Nicole L.; Xu, Jianzhong – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2012
Given the dearth of research on elementary education majors' experiences in middle level endorsement programs (Anderson, 2009), and the shortage of teachers aspiring to work with young adolescents, this case study examined the topic to provide insight into the experiences of preservice elementary education teachers. Specifically, this study…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education, Education Majors, Negative Attitudes
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Berkeley, Sheri; Lindstrom, Jennifer H.; Regan, Kelley; Nealy, Allison; Southall, Candice; Stagliano, Christina – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2012
One middle school's implementation of corrective reading was evaluated for student reading outcomes and treatment fidelity. Findings indicated that sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students made progress in decoding and oral reading fluency over the school year; however, students did not demonstrate greater gains during the semester enrolled in…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Reading Programs, Reading Fluency, Corrective Reading
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