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Mann, Michael J.; Kristjansson, Alfgeir L.; Sigfusdottir, Inga Dora; Smith, Megan L. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2014
Early adolescence represents a particularly vulnerable period of development during which young people are susceptible to establishing lifelong behavior patterns associated with poor life, health, and educational outcomes. Previous research demonstrates older adolescents and young adults often experience negative life events (NLEs) prior to…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Middle School Students, High School Students, College Students
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Conklin, Hilary G. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2007
The majority of middle school teachers are prepared in either generalist elementary programs or subject-specific secondary programs, yet researchers and teacher educators have little understanding of the ways in which these divergent pathways prepare teachers for working at the middle school level. In this study, preservice teachers from an…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum
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Dutt-Doner, Karen M.; Cook-Cottone, Catherine; Allen, Susan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2007
Authentic and constructive learning experiences that include analysis of primary source documents are necessary elements of effective social studies teaching (Bailyn, 1994; Leinhardt, Stainton, & Virji, 1994; Wineburg & Wilson, 1991; Young & Leinhardt, 1998). This study examines the abilities of 70 fifth and seventh grade students to complete…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Grade 7, Thinking Skills, Classroom Environment
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Faulkner, Shawn A.; Cook, Christopher M. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2006
As a result of the pressures of educational reform and high-stakes assessment, some schools run the risk of foregoing active, student-centered learning activities for building test-taking skills and the memorization of discrete facts (Gredler, 1999; Jackson & Davis, 2000). Coupled with the additional pressure to fulfill the expectations of…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Federal Legislation, Educational Philosophy, High Stakes Tests
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Hall, Leigh A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2005
This year-long case study examines how a struggling reader in a sixth-grade social studies class, a seventh grade mathematics class, and an eighth grade science class "transacted" with the reading task demands of her specific classroom. Through regular classroom observations and interviews, the researcher documents how each student responded to…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Social Studies, Science Education, Mathematics Education
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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
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Roe, Mary F. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2004
In this manuscript, the author explores the question, What does research suggest for middle level readers? To answer it, she conducts a synthesis of empirical studies published between 1990 and 2001 that appeared in journals linked to the author's professional membership (i.e., "Research in Middle Level Education" ("RMLE"), "Reading Research…
Descriptors: Reading Research, Reading Instruction, Middle School Students, Early Adolescents