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Neth, Erin L.; Caldarella, Paul; Richardson, Michael J.; Heath, Melissa A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2020
Adolescence can be a particularly difficult time for youth as they experience the physical, social, and academic changes that accompany maturation. One of the most critical challenges for schools is teaching adolescent students positive social and emotional skills, which are crucial for them to succeed academically and emotionally. "Strong…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Middle School Teachers, Behavior Problems
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DeMink-Carthew, Jessica; Olofson, Mark W. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2020
This study investigates the hands-joined learning framework as an approach to personalize and provide instructional scaffolding within project-based learning. The authors include a case description of hands-joined learning in a middle school social studies classroom and critically examine middle school student feedback in relation to two aims: (a)…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Active Learning, Student Projects, Middle School Students
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Giles, Amanda; Yazan, Bedrettin – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2020
Building on previous studies of ESL and content teachers' collaboration, this qualitative case study relied on Davies and Harré's positioning theory as a theoretical lens to examine the influences that collaboration between an ESL teacher and a language arts teacher had on the language arts teacher's approach to planning for and teaching ESL…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Language Arts, English (Second Language), Teacher Collaboration
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Weaver, Jo Lauren; Swank, Jacqueline M. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2020
Restorative justice is an alternative disciplinary approach to the traditional, punitive approach to discipline. This case study focused on exploring the implementation of restorative justice discipline practices within a middle school. Participants included students, teachers, and an administrator. Five themes emerged from the data: (a) different…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Justice, Discipline, Program Implementation
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Strahan, David B.; Poteat, Beth – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2020
As teachers and administrators focus increasing attention on the mental health needs of students, researchers are exploring ways that addressing social-emotional needs is essential to academic growth as well as personal wellness. This descriptive investigation explored ways that seventh and eighth grade students perceived their social-emotional…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Social Development, Emotional Development
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Ilter, IIhan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
This study compares the effectiveness of context clue strategy instruction to wide reading practices in terms of their impact on the vocabulary knowledge of students who read at frustration level. The participants were 44 sixth-grade students from a middle grades school. Students were randomly assigned to experimental and control conditions. The…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Vocabulary Development, Cues, Pretests Posttests
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DiGaudio, Christina; Bickmore, Dana L. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
Limited research explores how school administrators learn the leadership skills, knowledge, and dispositions that will support young adolescents, particularly how administrators are prepared and credentialed to lead middle grades schools. The purpose of this research was to examine which states offered and/or required administrator credentials…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Certification, Credentials, Principals
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DeMink-Carthew, Jessica; Netcoh, Steven – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
While providing choice can be a powerful way to personalize learning for young adolescents, there is also evidence that choice can be challenging for learners. This study investigated middle school students' (N = 72) feelings about making choices in how they learn during a personalized project. Findings include students' self-reported enjoyment…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Preferences, Individualized Instruction
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Avcu, Ramazan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
Fractions are a crucial mathematical topic, which is known as being challenging for both students, pre- and in-service teachers. The current study attempted to explore the extent of pre-service middle level mathematics teachers' knowledge for teaching fractions. Fifty-one senior pre-service teachers took part in the study. The Knowledge for…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Foreign Countries, Fractions
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Tallman, Tamara O. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
Collaboration is a powerful tool for professional development that creates opportunities for teachers to reflect on their practice. However, school districts continue to have difficulty both implementing and sustaining collaboration. The purpose of this research was to investigate the experiences the teachers in a creative, instructional…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Faculty Development, Program Effectiveness
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Hodges, Tracey S.; Wright, Katherine Landau; McTigue, Erin – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
After third grade, students' motivation and enjoyment of writing begins to wane, and this trend continues through most of their education. Middle grade students especially need high-quality writing instruction; however, many teachers report feeling inadequately prepared to teach writing. To combat these issues, teacher preparation programs should…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Student Attitudes
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Bippert, Kelli – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
In an effort to provide intervention for struggling adolescent readers, schools are turning increasingly toward computer-assisted reading intervention programs. This case study analyzes the perceptions, and contradictions, that exist between students, teachers, and administrators of the intervention tools used at one urban middle school. The…
Descriptors: Intervention, Reading Difficulties, Middle School Students, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Cipra, Alli; Hall, LaTreese – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
While bullying is a serious concern for students and educators alike, empirically tested interventions are needed. This study examined the impact of a bullying intervention curriculum at a public middle school in the Midwest. This intervention, CORE"Matters", was designed to reduce bullying behaviors, foster a greater sense of community…
Descriptors: Bullying, Intervention, Public Schools, Middle Schools
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Kearney, W. Sean; Garfield, Theresa – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
This study examined student readiness to learn and teacher effectiveness in order to determine their impact on middle grades mathematics achievement. Survey data were collected from 964 middle grades students and 93 mathematics teachers in Texas. This study is the first to use this particular collective efficacy short form with middle grade…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Mathematics Achievement, Readiness, Teacher Effectiveness
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Caldarella, Paul; Wills, Howard P.; Anderson, Darlene H.; Williams, Leslie – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
During the transition from the elementary to middle grades, young adolescents may become increasingly vulnerable for emotional and behavioral problems. Class-Wide Function-Related Intervention Teams for middle level school (CW-FIT MS), the independent variable examined in this study, was developed to improve teaching and learning by fostering…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Student Behavior, Intervention, Early Adolescents
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