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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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Middleton, James A. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2013
The role of mathematical interest, identity, utility, self-efficacy, and effort was examined as a set of interdependent factors leading to students' mathematics achievement. A structural equations model, testing a hypothesized structure of motivation variables and their impact on middle school mathematics achievement was developed utilizing the…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Mathematics Achievement, Student Motivation, Structural Equation Models
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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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McClintic-Gilbert, Megan S.; Corpus, Jennifer Henderlong; Wormington, Stephanie V.; Haimovitz, Kyla – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2013
The present study examined the extent to which middle school students' (N = 90) learning strategies mediated the relationship between their motivational orientations and academic achievement. Survey data revealed that higher degrees of intrinsic motivation predicted the use of both deep and surface learning strategies, whereas higher degrees of…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Motivation, Learning Strategies, Academic Achievement
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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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Merchie, Emmelien; Van Keer, Hilde – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2013
From the age of 11-13, children start to spend increasingly more time on learning from texts. The need arises to support them in dealing with this text information and engaging them in self-regulated learning (SRL). This study is embedded within the cognitive component of SRL and focuses on mind mapping as a promising organizational learning…
Descriptors: Cognitive Mapping, Grade 5, Grade 6, Middle School Students
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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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Hurd, Ellis – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2012
This study investigates 1 middle level student of mixed heritage and his siblings as they assimilated and achieved within a small urban community. The main case focuses on 1 adolescent's experiences both in and out of schools. How this middle grade student identified and was treated had vast effects on his educational performance, adding insights…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Multicultural Education
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Flynn, Jill – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2012
This article examines what can happen when teachers and students work to create a critical dialogic space, taking up issues of race, culture, and privilege in classroom discussions. The study focuses on middle school students of culturally and economically diverse backgrounds as well as their 2 White teachers. In English and social studies…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Diversity, Grade 8, Middle School Teachers
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Cole, Mikel; Puzio, Kelly; Keyes, Christopher; Jimenez, Robert; Pray, Lisa; David, Samuel – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2012
This article presents findings drawn from the development of an intervention designed to leverage Spanish to improve English reading comprehension. Five teachers and 18 middle school English language learners (ELLs) in 2 urban middle schools participated in the project over the course of an academic year. Analysis of policy documents, interviews,…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, English Language Learners, Middle Schools, Urban Schools
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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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Miller, Nicole C.; Thompson, Nicole L.; Xu, Jianzhong – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2012
Given the dearth of research on elementary education majors' experiences in middle level endorsement programs (Anderson, 2009), and the shortage of teachers aspiring to work with young adolescents, this case study examined the topic to provide insight into the experiences of preservice elementary education teachers. Specifically, this study…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary Education, Education Majors, Negative Attitudes
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Berkeley, Sheri; Lindstrom, Jennifer H.; Regan, Kelley; Nealy, Allison; Southall, Candice; Stagliano, Christina – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2012
One middle school's implementation of corrective reading was evaluated for student reading outcomes and treatment fidelity. Findings indicated that sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students made progress in decoding and oral reading fluency over the school year; however, students did not demonstrate greater gains during the semester enrolled in…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Reading Programs, Reading Fluency, Corrective Reading
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Weilbacher, Gary; Lanier, Jill – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2012
In this qualitative study, the authors examine the advisory program of a Horizon Schools to Watch middle grades school. Horizon Schools to Watch is the Illinois affiliate of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle School Reform national Schools to Watch (STW) program, meaning schools with the STW designation have made significant inroads in…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Program Implementation, Advocacy, Homogeneous Grouping
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