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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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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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Warner, Cheryl B.; Phelps, Rosemary E. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2008
African American youth are characterized as experiencing declining academic motivation and engagement while simultaneously maintaining optimism for their future success. Thus, researchers hypothesize academic motivation to be a negative factor for educational aspirations when applied to an urban sample of African American middle school students (N…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Motivation, Academic Aspiration, Grade 8