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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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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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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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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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Megowan-Romanowicz, M. Colleen; Middleton, James A.; Ganesh, Tirupalavanam; Joanou, Jamie – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2013
In this article we examine how students engage in learning mathematical concepts in the middle grades of an urban public school in the Southwestern United States. In the context of a 3-year National Science Foundation-funded longitudinal study of the development of students' rational number understanding, we encountered differing levels of…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Learner Engagement, Urban Schools, Public Schools
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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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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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Strahan, David; Faircloth, Constance Victoria; Cope, Mellie; Hundley, Sally – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2007
This study chronicles the responses of middle school students to their teachers' efforts to re-engage them in school. Working with two teachers and their team of 42 eighth graders selected as at-risk of failure, researchers interviewed participants, observed interactions, and gathered data from students' first semester of high school. Teachers…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Grade 8, Middle School Teachers, Middle School Students