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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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Wooldridge, Heather R. C. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program has been preparing students who are first generation. college-going students from subgroups traditionally underrepresented in higher education, and students from lower socioeconomic families for college and careers since 1980. The present study investigated the success of middle school…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Academic Achievement, Grade 8, Middle Schools
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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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Wolf, Mikyung Kim; Wang, Yuan; Huang, Becky H.; Blood, Ian – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
This study reports on a critical review of the language demands contained in the Common Core State Standards for English language arts (CCSS-ELA) with the aim of deriving important implications for the instruction of English language learners. The language demands of the CCSS-ELA were compared with those of existing English language arts (ELA) and…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Comparative Analysis, Grade 8, 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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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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Shumow, Lee; Schmidt, Jennifer A.; Kackar, Hayal – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2008
This study described and compared the reading of sixth and eighth grade students both in and out of school using a unique data set collected with the Experience Sampling Method (ESM). On average, students read forty minutes a day out of class and seventeen minutes a day in class indicating that reading is a common leisure practice for…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Grade 6, Grade 8, Recreational Reading
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Booth, Margaret Zoller; Sheehan, Heather Chase; Earley, Mark A. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2007
Throughout the world, school grade structures are most variable during the early adolescent years when students can find themselves in a variety of school models. This paper investigates the impact of two popular school models in the United States (middle school and K-8) on the self-esteem and self-concept of early adolescents. Based on mixed…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Gender Differences, Middle School Students, Longitudinal Studies
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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