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DeMink-Carthew, Jessica – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
Specialized middle level teacher education programs are an oft-purported lever for middle level education reform. Preparing teachers to enact "new" teaching practices that challenge the status quo in field placement schools presents a formidable challenge, however. This research investigated reform-oriented collaborative inquiry (ROCI),…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Student Teaching, Middle Schools, Preservice Teacher Education
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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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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 R.; Denmon, Jennifer; Owens, Ruchelle; Lindstrom, Krista – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2015
This yearlong qualitative multisite case study investigated ways middle and high school transition supports foster a developmentally responsive transition for students. A total of 23 participants engaged in this study, including 4 students, 4 middle school teachers, 13 high school teachers, 1 middle school principal, and 1 high school principal.…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Middle School Students, 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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Schaefer, Mary Beth; Rivera, Lourdes M. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
The middle grades years has a profound and lasting impact on student achievement, including opportunities for college and career access and readiness. It is important that students at this age understand college and college life. Such understanding can help middle grades students focus on career goals and postsecondary planning, and this awareness…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 7, Urban Schools, At Risk Students
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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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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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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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Gradwell, Jill M.; DiCamillo, Lorrei – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2013
Historical simulations are often criticized for being superficial, reinforcing negative stereotypes, and skewing students' view of history. Simulation critics argue if inexperienced teachers implement simulations, they may adversely influence students' psychological development, especially if students take roles as perpetrators or victims.…
Descriptors: Simulation, Teaching Methods, Middle School Students, Grade 8
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Kennedy-Lewis, Brianna L. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2013
Urban middle school students of color are disproportionately subjected to exclusionary discipline, reflecting a discipline gap between White students and students of color. The discipline gap results in negative outcomes similar to those caused by the academic achievement gap. Although the discipline gap occurs at all levels of schooling, it…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Discipline, Urban Schools, Student Experience
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Kiefer, Sarah M.; Ellerbrock, Cheryl R. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2012
This qualitative case study analyzed how one interdisciplinary team within a large middle school fostered a responsive adolescent-centered community for eighth-grade team students. Data were collected during the spring semester of the 2009 school year via observations, individual interviews, and focus group interviews with nine participants,…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Interviews
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Schaefer, Mary Beth; Rivera, Lourdes M. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2012
The development and implementation of a comprehensive and systemic career development program, The Career Institute, provided the mechanism through which one school community addressed students' career development and college readiness needs while also attending to their academic and personal-social development. The Career Institute consisted of a…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Career Development, Employment Opportunities, Qualitative Research