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Jaffee, Ashley Taylor – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
This case study explored how a social studies teacher and a TESOL teacher collaborated to teach an eighth-grade civics and economics course in a diverse classroom with Latinx emergent bilingual students. The researcher employed a theoretical framework of culturally and linguistically relevant citizenship education (CLRCE), which includes five…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Middle School Teachers
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MacDonnell, Marisa; McClain, Kellie; Ganguli, Aishwarya; Elias, Maurice J. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
Informed by the Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) approach to school turnaround, the present study examined the relationship between students' recollection and reflection of their experience in a SECD program and academic achievement and explored the mediating effect of student-teacher relationships. Based on an intervention in an…
Descriptors: Intervention, Social Emotional Learning, Academic Achievement, Teacher Student Relationship
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Trinter, Christine P.; Hughes, Hilary E. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
This exploratory, embedded single study examined the experiences of middle grades teacher design teams over 10 months as they were immersed in the development of interdisciplinary curriculum units using a backward design framework. The teachers were supported by a researcher-practitioner partnership and situated in a middle level school structure…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Curriculum Design, Educational Objectives, Faculty Development
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Ammar, Alia A.; Sondergeld, Toni A.; Provinzano, Kathleen; Delaney, Brian – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
Inequitable learning opportunities are a leading contributor to the persistent literacy achievement gaps evident between historically marginalized students and their more affluent peers. This study investigated the impact of a community school reform effort in an urban middle school. The community school initiative focused on meeting the complex…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Educational Change, Middle School Students, Urban Schools
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Hsu, Pi-Sui; Van Dyke, Margot – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore how young adolescents participated in various activities in a science summer camp. A total of 26 Taiwanese students and 16 U.S. students participated in a one-week "Argue like a Scientist" summer camp. Based on the design features of project-based learning, this science summer…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Science Activities, Summer Programs, Camps
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Mertens, Steven B.; Falbe, Kristina N. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
Currently, there is a paucity of research concerning the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform's Schools to Watch national school improvement program. Of the handful of existing studies, very few have examined or addressed student learning or achievement. In this this study we systematically collected and analyzed data from the 34…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Educational Improvement, Best Practices, Educational Practices
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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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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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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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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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Jones, Aaron B.; Richardson, Michael J.; Jensen, Bryant T.; Whiting, Erin F. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2020
The purpose of this study was to examine any relationships between students' perceptions of the effects of school uniforms and student socioeconomic status. A survey was administered to 182 students in a charter school to gather perception information, and a separate survey was administered to parents to gather socioeconomic status information. An…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, School Uniforms, Socioeconomic Status, Correlation
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Eisenbach, Brooke B.; Greathouse, Paula – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2020
There has been an increase in research regarding experiences within virtual education. However, little attention has been given to the middle level context. Through a theoretical lens grounded in stage-environment fit theory, this phenomenological case study describes the lived experiences of two middle level virtual learners as they engage in an…
Descriptors: Developmental Stages, Educational Environment, Virtual Classrooms, Middle School Students
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Cronenberg, Stephanie – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2020
In most middle level schools, the curriculum includes a range of elective courses, often called exploratory courses. General music is one of the many exploratory courses commonly offered in middle level schools across the United States. Educators who teach exploratory courses face numerous challenges related to enrollment, scheduling, budget,…
Descriptors: Music Teachers, Music Education, Music Activities, Teacher Attitudes
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Parrish, Christopher W.; Byrd, Kelly O.; Johnson, Todd M.; Dasinger, Jacob; Green, Andre M. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2020
The purpose of this study was to understand how and why middle grades mathematics teachers did or did not fully participate in sustained, content-focused professional development. Qualitative data were collected from middle grades teachers who demonstrated varying levels of participation. The teachers identified opportunities to engage in novel…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development
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