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Netcoh, Steven; Bishop, Penny A. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
Although the idea of responding to learners' individual needs is far from new in the middle grades movement, there have been renewed efforts in recent years for schools to tailor programs and practices to students' unique interests and needs through "personalized learning" (Bingham, Pane, Steiner, & Hamilton, 2016). To date, little…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Individualized Instruction, Qualitative Research
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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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McHatton, Patricia Alvarez; Shaunessy-Dedrick, Elizabeth; Farmer, Jennie L.; Ray, Sharon N. E.; Bessette, Harriet J. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
The purpose of this study was to explore through student drawings and corresponding narratives, middle grades students' perceptions of their learning environment, which we defined to include pedagogy, interactions (teacher-student and student-student), and climate, and how these may differ based on service delivery model (i.e., gifted, special…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Educational Environment, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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Choi, Namok; Chang, Mido – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2011
This research examined the important factors influencing the mathematics achievement of students in middle schools by hierarchically specifying the personal and contextual variables. The study focused on the effect of school climate at the class level and the effects of student gender, attitude toward mathematics, educational aspiration, parent…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Mathematics Achievement, Educational Attainment, Parent Background
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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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Parker, Audra K.; Neuharth-Pritchett, Stacey – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2008
Young adolescents experience many cognitive, physical, and emotional changes during their middle school years; however, the middle school literature suggests that structural reforms supporting the emotional and social needs of young adolescents are implemented far more readily than the instructional reforms necessary for addressing young…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Early Adolescents, Classroom Environment, Educational Environment
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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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Saurino, Penelope; Saurino, Dan R. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2006
We need a model that can guide middle school educators to implement multiple literacies (multiliteracies) so prevalent in today's global economy, but how can this be successfully accomplished in today's schools? As a result of content analyses, regular classroom observations, and interviews, the researchers document a framework for…
Descriptors: Student Research, Middle Schools, Global Approach, Mastery Learning