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Nagle, James; Taylor, Don – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
In 2013 the Vermont legislature enacted Act 77 mandating that students in Grades 7-12 develop personalized learning plans (PLPs) to guide them toward high school graduation using proficiency-based requirements. In the present qualitative self-study, we document the impact of implementation of a personal learning framework integrating PLPs into a…
Descriptors: Humanities Instruction, Educational Practices, Constructivism (Learning), Integrated Activities
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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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Duhaylongsod, Leslie – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
Using transcripts of 6 classroom debates that took place in 4 urban schools, the present study takes a closer look at what middle school students do during classroom debates in the context of a social studies curriculum designed to support student argumentation in debate. Two coding schemes were used to analyze student comments in the transcripts:…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Social Studies, Debate
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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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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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Schmidt, Jennifer A.; Shumow, Lee; Kackar-Cam, Hayal – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2015
Researchers examined teacher-related variation in the effects of a classroom intervention designed to impact seventh graders' beliefs about the nature of ability in science as fixed or malleable. Analyses of quantitative data from 7 science classrooms across 2 teachers revealed significant teacher effects in the extent to which students' beliefs…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students, Grade 7, Science Instruction
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Pacheco, Mark B.; David, Samuel S.; Jiménez, Robert T. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2015
We seek to understand how teachers that do not share a heritage language with their students can leverage these languages in literacy instruction. This study reports on 5 teachers' implementation of a literacy activity that uses strategic collaborative translation to facilitate middle school English language learners' (ELLs) understandings about…
Descriptors: Literacy, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, English Language Learners
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Dinkins, Elizabeth G. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
Common Core writing standards emphasize the need for students to use a variety of approaches to compose and revise texts. Writing research indicates that revision processes receive less instructional time than planning or drafting processes (MacArthur, 2013; Sommers, 1982; Witte, 2013). Using a constructivist grounded theory approach, this study…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Constructivism (Learning), Grounded Theory
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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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Watkins, Naomi M.; Liang, Lauren Aimonette – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
While the contents of K-6 basal readers have been recently examined (Dewitz, Leahy, Jones, Sullivan, 2010; Moss, 2008; Moss & Newton, 2002), the contents of secondary school literature anthologies have been vastly ignored in the last 2 decades. Given the Common Core State Standards' division of literary and informational text across content…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Common Core State Standards, Literacy, Grade 6
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Assaf, Lori Czop – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
Research on the sociocultural processes of writing and its impact on writing instruction in the middle grades has gained increased attention in educational research. Less attention has been devoted to research on writing with middle grade English learners (ELs) who are mainstreamed into English only classrooms. National assessment data, reports,…
Descriptors: Writing Ability, English Language Learners, Writing Instruction, Middle School Teachers
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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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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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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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Jansen, Amanda; Bartell, Tonya – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2013
Caring instruction has been shown to support students' engagement with and learning of academic content. Although previous research has shown that caring instruction matters, research is needed that illustrates the nature of caring instruction in a manner that is situated in relation to specific school subjects. Additionally, information about the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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