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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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Hurst, Sylvia; Griffity, Priscilla – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2015
The purpose of this research was to examine the effect of teacher read-aloud on adolescent learning in science and variation according to individual reading ability. The study gathered both quantitative and qualitative data for analysis from 2 treatment procedures. All seventh and eighth grade students participated in 2 consecutive units of study:…
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Reading Aloud to Others, Pretests Posttests
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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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Lewis, Mark A. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
In the current schooling climate, literary competence is increasingly viewed as students' ability to read fiction and nonfiction texts, and then articulate their comprehension of surface-text features (e.g., plot, character, setting, and conflict) through structured settings, such as standardized tests. As a way to argue against the privileging of…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Middle School Students, Story Telling, Personal Narratives
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Carpenter, Dick M., II; Clayton, Grant – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2014
Using confirmatory factor analysis, this study examines the validity of the Usher and Pajares Sources of Self-Efficacy in Mathematics (SSEM) for prospective or eventual first-generation college students while still in middle school, a population not studied with the SSEM heretofore. Studying this population is especially noteworthy as educators…
Descriptors: College Bound Students, Middle School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Self Efficacy
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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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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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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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