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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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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