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Farber, Katy; Bishop, Penny – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Although service learning has been documented as a promising pedagogy for middle grades learners, it remains the exception rather than the rule in many middle schools. This qualitative study examined fifth grade students' experience of a service-learning class. Using the tenets of service learning and experiential learning theory as the…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Experiential Learning, Middle School Students, Caring
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Campbell, Yvonne C.; Filimon, Claudia – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
The number of English language learners (ELLs) mainstreamed into regular classrooms continues to increase. Curricular writing standards required by the Common Core State Standards require students to write essays analytically in response to text(s). Many English Language Arts (ELA) teachers may worry about effectively delivering essay writing…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Common Core State Standards
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Olofson, Mark W.; Downes, John M.; Petrick Smith, Carmen; LeGeros, Life; Bishop, Penny A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Reforms to support and expand personalized learning increasingly are being introduced in middle schools across the United States. Personalization, as enacted in response to these reforms, encourages teachers to implement many practices that long have been recommended by advocates of middle grades philosophy. To better understand the practices of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Individualized Instruction, Faculty Development, Middle School Teachers
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Martinez, Tonnie; Zhao, Yuanyuan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Young adolescents who experience stress may also exhibit negative behaviors at school. Students whose misbehavior causes an interruption to classroom learning may be sent to the office and, as a result, lose instructional time and learning. The goal of this quasi-experimental pilot study was to determine if mindfulness training would decrease the…
Descriptors: Perception, Metacognition, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Williams, Toni Milton – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
This qualitative study focused on the life histories of four female African-American middle level teachers. The findings illuminate how culturally responsive caring can and should be foundational to successful teaching that does not discriminate but instead uplifts every student and assures them that teachers will seek to know, understand, teach,…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Middle School Teachers, Culturally Relevant Education, Qualitative Research
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Lachance, Joan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Dual language education programs are highly beneficial for literacy and academic language development with all students, especially those who are English learners. School districts nation-wide are attempting to expand K-12 dual language programs, yet teaching and learning for biliteracy development are highly complex processes, especially with…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Science Instruction, Qualitative Research, Second Language Learning
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Howell, Penny B.; Cook, Chris M.; Miller, Nicole C.; Thompson, Nicole L.; Faulkner, Shawn A.; Rintamaa, Margaret F. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Specialized preparation and credentialing for teachers of young adolescents continue to be the focus of advocacy efforts within the field of middle level education. To better understand the status of middle level teacher credentialing throughout the United States, this descriptive, pragmatic, qualitative study explored how specialized middle level…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Credentials, Middle School Students, Teacher Certification
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Booker, Keonya – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Middle grades students have developmental needs that are unique from those of younger children and those in late adolescence. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how middle grades teachers create a sense of belonging with their students and the ways in which their knowledge of early adolescent development influences that process.…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Early Adolescents, Self Determination
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Severino, Lori; Tecce DeCarlo, Mary Jean; Sondergeld, Toni; Izzetoglu, Meltem; Ammar, Alia – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
A student's reading skill is essential to learning. Assessing reading skills, specifically comprehension, is difficult. In the middle grades, students read to learn; and their teachers need a quick, easy assessment that provides immediate data on reading comprehension skill. This study explores the holistic validation approach of one eighth-grade…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Reading Instruction, Middle School Students
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Edwards, Susan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
The purpose of this study was to follow the learning trajectory of a beginning teacher attempting to implement active learning instructional methods in a middle grades classroom. The study utilized a qualitative case study methodological approach with the researcher in the role of participant observer. Three research questions were explored: the…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Program Implementation, Active Learning, Teaching Methods
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Daniels, Erika – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
Research in education and psychology contributes to an understanding of how educators create contexts for learning that encourage intrinsic motivation and increase academic achievement. In this article, the researcher investigated how middle level teachers define effectiveness and identified what factors influence their motivation, both positively…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Curriculum Development
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Jordan, Robert; DiCicco, Mike; Sabella, Laura – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
To meet the demand for certified math and science teachers, alternative certification programs attempt to provide fast-track training and licensure of STEM-area educators (Goldhaber, Kreig, Theobald, & Brown, 2014). Teachers prepared in programs with a middle level specialization have been shown to participate in effective practices such as…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Adolescents, Alternative Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs
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Tienken, Christopher H.; Colella, Anthony; Angelillo, Christian; Fox, Meredith; McCahill, Kevin R.; Wolfe, Adam – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
The use of standardized test results to drive school administrator evaluations pervades education policymaking in more than 40 states. However, the results of state standardized tests are strongly influenced by non-school factors. The models of best fit (n = 18) from this correlational, explanatory, longitudinal study predicted accurately the…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Standardized Tests, Test Results, Models
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Roy, George J.; Fueyo, Vivian; Vahey, Philip – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
The exploration of proportional relationships is foundational to the mathematics studied in the middle grades and beyond. Research has shown that an early emphasis on procedures often leaves students with a shallow understanding of the important underlying mathematical concepts of proportional relationships. One approach that addresses the needs…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Urban Schools, Mathematics Teachers
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Protacio, Maria Selena – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
This study investigates the reading engagement of four middle school English learners in their English or English as a Second Language classroom. Students with high levels of reading engagement are those who (a) are motivated to read, (b) use strategies when reading, (c) use reading as a way to construct meaning from texts, and (d) participate in…
Descriptors: Case Studies, English Language Learners, Middle School Students, Reading Motivation
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