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Miller, Janice Williams; Nickell, Linda K. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2008
This study presents the development and basic psychometric characteristics of the "School Safety and Security Questionnaire" (SSSQ). This new measure was constructed to assess middle grade students' perceptions of safety and security during the school year. The content validity of the theoretically-based instrument was assessed and the measure was…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, School Safety, Content Validity, Test Validity
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Warner, Cheryl B.; Phelps, Rosemary E. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2008
African American youth are characterized as experiencing declining academic motivation and engagement while simultaneously maintaining optimism for their future success. Thus, researchers hypothesize academic motivation to be a negative factor for educational aspirations when applied to an urban sample of African American middle school students (N…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Motivation, Academic Aspiration, Grade 8
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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
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Tyler, Kenneth M.; Boelter, Christina M.; Boykin, A. Wade – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2008
The purpose of this study is to examine whether teachers' perceptions of educational value discontinuity are predictive of the psychological antecedents of academic performance (e.g., academic engagement and academic self-efficacy) during middle school. Educational value discontinuity is defined as the difference between teachers' actual…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Low Income Groups
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Greene, William L.; Caskey, Micki M.; Musser, P. Maureen; Samek, Linda L.; Casbon, Jay; Olson, Marilyn – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2008
This study explored the perceptions of Oregon middle school teachers and their teaching practices in the wake of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The method utilized quantitative and qualitative procedures to analyze data from a 45-item questionnaire completed by 162 core subject teachers in 13 middle schools. Results highlight categorical…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Federal Legislation, Middle School Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Waxman, Hersh C.; Garcia, Andres; Read, Lisa L. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2008
One of the essential principles for improving middle grade education is to establish a safe and healthy school environment (Jackson & Davis, 2000; Price & Waxman, 2005). The overall quality of the school climate or school environment has been argued to be one of the central problems of urban schools (Waxman & Huang, 1997). Several…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Middle Schools, School Safety, Educational Environment
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Evans-Andris, Melissa; Usui, Wayne M. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2008
This project examines the effects of Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) models on the achievement of students in Kentucky middle schools. Previous studies exploring the effects of CSR on schools and student achievement have rendered mixed results (Berends, 2000; May & Supovitz, 2006; May, Supovitz, & Perda, 2004; RAND, 2002; Zhang,…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Middle Schools, Academic Achievement, Least Squares Statistics
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Booth, Margaret Zoller; Sheehan, Heather Chase; Earley, Mark A. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2007
Throughout the world, school grade structures are most variable during the early adolescent years when students can find themselves in a variety of school models. This paper investigates the impact of two popular school models in the United States (middle school and K-8) on the self-esteem and self-concept of early adolescents. Based on mixed…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Gender Differences, Middle School Students, Longitudinal Studies
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Schmitt, Vicki L.; Frey, Bruce B.; Dunham, Michelle L.; Carman, Carol A. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2007
Issues associated with drug and alcohol use as well as other delinquent behaviors among adolescents are of utmost importance to those concerned with student success in middle grades settings. In order to target preventive interventions for these problems, research suggests that educators should examine the risk and protective factors associated…
Descriptors: Smoking, Drug Use, Validity, Drinking
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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
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Anderson, Kenneth A.; Howard, Keith E.; Graham, Anthony – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2007
Associations between reading achievement and behavior, albeit problematic, are empirically supported in the literature. Although well documented, many of the studies were conducted outside of the school context using reading measures not typically aligned with school curricula. Furthermore, previous studies primarily document the existence of…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Delinquency, Reading Achievement, Academic Achievement
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Zittleman, Karen R. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2007
This article explores the gendered lives of students and how, in their eyes, gender stereotypes continue to be a major part of their world. Four hundred forty students in five diverse middle schools were surveyed about the advantages and drawbacks of each sex. Specifically, students were asked via a questionnaire to write a brief description of…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Sex Stereotypes, Sex Fairness, Social Development
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Anderson, Kenneth A. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2007
This study examined the effects of mentoring on standardized achievement for African American males in the elementary and middle grades. Mentoring has been deemed effective regarding social development and various academic indicators, but scant empirical data is available regarding the effects of mentoring on standardized testing. Thus,…
Descriptors: Mentors, Test Results, Standardized Tests, Academic Achievement
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Kulm, Gerald; Capraro, Robert M.; Capraro, Mary Margaret – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2007
This study addresses the nexus of two critical challenges for today's mathematics teacher. On the one hand, teaching for understanding for all students is the goal of most mathematics teachers. However, many teachers also must acknowledge and address the requirement that students do well on high stakes tests. This study analyzed data on 6th grade…
Descriptors: Mathematics Achievement, High Risk Students, High Stakes Tests, Grade 6
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Chamberlain, Anne; Daniels, Cecelia; Madden, Nancy A.; Slavin, Robert E. – Middle Grades Research Journal, 2007
This article describes a randomized evaluation of The Reading Edge, a reading program for middle school students. The Reading Edge was designed to integrate findings of research on cooperative learning and metacognitive reading strategies into a replicable reading instructional package that could be implemented effectively in Title I middle…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Classroom Techniques, Middle Schools, Reading
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