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Virtue, David C. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2007
South Carolina made a significant step forward in middle level education reform by enacting middle level teacher certification in 2001. This qualitative case study documents the process through which the state legislation developed, with a particular focus on how middle level teacher certification arrived and remained on the public policy agenda…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Middle Schools, State Legislation, State Officials
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Friend, Jennifer – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2006
This study examined two hypotheses related to same-gender grouping of eighth grade science classes in a public middle school setting. The hypotheses were (a) male and female students enrolled in same-gender science classes demonstrate more positive science academic achievement than their peers enrolled in mixed-gender classes, and (b) same-gender…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Science Teachers, Grade 8, Classroom Environment
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Schmitt, Vicki L. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2004
One goal of professional development is to improve student achievement through improved teacher practice. The middle school philosophy, which supports the rationale that student learning is inextricably interwoven into the fabric of an active learning environment, contains many promising practices that "mirror" what is often considered to be high…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Educational Philosophy, Academic Achievement, Active Learning