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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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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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Mustafaa, Faheemah N.; Lozada, Fantasy T.; Channey, Joset; Skoog-Hoffman, Alexandra; Jagers, Robert J. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
School engagement is important in promoting adolescents' academic and socioemotional outcomes. We explored whether sixth-grade students' (N = 571, M[subscript age] = 11.27, 52% female, 50% racial/ethnic minority) school engagement at the end of the academic school year was facilitated by their perceptions of teachers' classroom practices and…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Grade 6
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Sokal, Laura; Katz, Jennifer – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2015
While students begin schooling with high engagement levels, these levels begin to drop in the middle years of schooling but appear to recover somewhat in 10th grade, suggesting that the middle years of schooling are an especially vulnerable time in terms of student engagement (Willms et al., 2009). Moreover disengagement is most common in students…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Middle School Students, Models, Learner Engagement
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Tyler, Kenneth M. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2015
Academic cheating within the middle grades has become a prevalent schooling dilemma for teachers and administrators. Among the various contextual and cognitive factors that promote academic cheating is home-school dissonance, which has been shown to predict the phenomenon among high school students. The current study extends this line of research…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Middle School Students, Urban Youth, Cheating
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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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Boyle, Joseph R.; Hindman, Annemarie H. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2015
The purpose of this exploratory study was to develop and test a strategy to support middle grade students' persuasive writing skills. The sample included 52 eighth-grade students who were either proficient or struggling writers. The students were randomly assigned to either receive training on a graphic organizer designed to scaffold effective…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Persuasive Discourse, Writing Achievement
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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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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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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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Thompson, Bruce – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2009
The present article provides a primer on using effect sizes in research. A small heuristic data set is used in order to make the discussion concrete. Additionally, various admonitions for best practice in reporting and interpreting effect sizes are presented. Among these is the admonition to not use Cohen's benchmarks for "small," "medium," and…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Effect Size, Computation, Research Methodology