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Tomek, Sara; Bolland, Anneliese C.; Hooper, Lisa M.; Hitchcock, Shannon; Bolland, John M. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
High levels of school connectedness have been shown to be associated with positive outcomes for adolescents (e.g., higher levels of self-worth and higher test scores); however, the impact of school connectedness during early adolescence has not been studied in relation to school-related outcomes during later adolescence. The current study explores…
Descriptors: Student School Relationship, Early Adolescents, Outcomes of Education, Middle School Students
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Kiefer, Sarah M.; Pennington, Sarah – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
The purpose of this short-term longitudinal quantitative study was to gain a comprehensive understanding of the influence of teacher autonomy support and structure on young adolescents' academic motivation, classroom engagement, school belonging, and achievement. Middle school students (N = 209, 61% female) self-reported perceptions of teacher…
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Student Motivation, Academic Achievement, Learner Engagement
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Yost, Deborah S.; Liang, Ling L.; Vogel, Robert – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
How might middle school teachers and schools more appropriately engage early adolescent students in the writing process so that they are motivated and engaged to "want" to write and write well? This article introduces "Writers Matter," an approach designed to engage and motivate young adolescents in the writing process,…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Learner Engagement
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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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Werderich, Donna E. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2010
In this qualitative study, the author examined the ways middle school literacy teachers responded to their boys' dialogue journals. The participants were 3 middle school literacy teachers and 19 middle school boys. The findings of this study indicated that the teachers took 4 roles (teacher as reader, teacher as responder, teacher as facilitator,…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Males, Student Journals
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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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Tyler, Kenneth M.; Boelter, Christina M.; Boykin, A. Wade – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2008
The purpose of this study is to examine whether teachers' perceptions of educational value discontinuity are predictive of the psychological antecedents of academic performance (e.g., academic engagement and academic self-efficacy) during middle school. Educational value discontinuity is defined as the difference between teachers' actual…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Low Income Groups
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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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Zittleman, Karen R. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2007
This article explores the gendered lives of students and how, in their eyes, gender stereotypes continue to be a major part of their world. Four hundred forty students in five diverse middle schools were surveyed about the advantages and drawbacks of each sex. Specifically, students were asked via a questionnaire to write a brief description of…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Sex Stereotypes, Sex Fairness, Social Development