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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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Wooldridge, Heather R. C. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2017
The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program has been preparing students who are first generation. college-going students from subgroups traditionally underrepresented in higher education, and students from lower socioeconomic families for college and careers since 1980. The present study investigated the success of middle school…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Academic Achievement, Grade 8, Middle Schools
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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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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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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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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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Jansen, Amanda – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2012
Through this exploratory study, I developed conjectures about classroom conditions that had the potential to support (or not) the development of productive dispositions toward mathematics. To do so, I listened to sixth-grade students' voices about their experiences with small-group work in 2 mathematics classrooms and contrasted their teachers'…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Middle School Students, Cooperative Learning, Small Group Instruction
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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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Johnson, David W.; Johnson, Roger T.; Roseth, Cary – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2010
When students enter middle school, they face 2 major challenges, one involving the biological, cognitive, and socioemotional changes they are going through, and another involving the transition from elementary to middle school. Peer learning has considerable influence on how well they manage these challenges. The research that exists on peer…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Academic Achievement, Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods
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Clayton, Christine D.; Ardito, Gerald – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2009
The authors of this study document one middle school classroom in an attempt to understand how inquiry learning, supported with technological tools, can provide students with opportunities to develop ownership of science content knowledge. Case study and collaborative teacher researcher methods were utilized to document the implementation of a…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Classroom Environment, Teacher Researchers, Teaching Methods
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Nokes, Jeffery D. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2008
Literacy is a basic element of the discipline of history and of traditional secondary history instruction. However neither the growing body of research on learning with texts nor modern learning theories support the traditional literacy practices that are taking place in many secondary history classrooms. Nor are classroom literacy practices a…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Critical Thinking, Literacy, Fiction
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Hagood, Margaret C.; Provost, Mary C.; Skinner, Emily N.; Egelson, Paula E. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2008
This paper reports on Year 1 of a two-year study of implementing new literacies strategies into social studies and English/language arts content areas in two low-performing middle schools (grades 6-8). Situated within a New Literacies Studies framework, the study addressed three overarching questions: (1) What are teachers' and students'…
Descriptors: Units of Study, Middle Schools, School Culture, Grade 6