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Strahan, David; Hedt, Melissa – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2009
This case study examined the experiences of two middle level teachers as they worked with a literacy coach and university partners in an instructional improvement initiative. Robert and Janice worked together as a two-teacher team. Across the three years of the study, they collaborated with Melissa, the literacy coach, to integrate reading and…
Descriptors: Writing Across the Curriculum, Instructional Improvement, Academic Achievement, Case Studies
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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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Wilson, Jennifer L. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2007
In this action research study, 24 preservice middle level educators participated in simulated interdisciplinary teams for a semester. The impact this authentic pedagogy had on preservice teachers' developing knowledge of middle school teaming is documented through student artifacts (e.g., journals, assignments), tape-recorded interviews, and field…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Action Research
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Graham, Parry – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2007
This article reports on the results of a mixed method case study investigating the relationship between professional learning community (PLC) activities and teacher improvement in a first-year middle school. Data were collected from core academic sixth, seventh, and eighth grade teachers using a professional development survey, teacher interviews,…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Case Studies
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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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Haselhuhn, Charlotte W.; Al-Mabuk, Radhi; Gabriele, Anthony; Groen, Marc; Galloway, Sarah – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2007
This study was prompted by previous research showing a decline in motivation as students transition from elementary to middle school. The decline in motivation may be associated with changes in the achievement goal structures of their classrooms and schools. This study describes a survey of 69 elementary and 28 middle school teachers that explored…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Student Motivation, Middle School Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Vagle, Mark D. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2006
In an effort to learn more about pedagogy in the action present moments of teaching and in response to Schon's (1987) call for a "phenomenology of practice," this phenomenological study explored the pedagogy of 18 middle school teachers. The researcher selected participants with a purposive sampling procedure. Participants taught for at least…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Classroom Techniques, Teacher Student Relationship, Democracy
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Tonso, Karen L.; Jung, Maura Lobos; Colombo, Marie – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2006
Considered a successful university-operated, urban middle school serving an overwhelmingly African American student body, "Charter" Middle School was dechartered suddenly, then merged a year later with students from a neighborhood school to become "Choice" Middle School, a school of choice in the urban district. Using a situated learning framework…
Descriptors: Teacher Empowerment, School Restructuring, Neighborhood Schools, Middle Schools
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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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Rickard, Anthony – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2005
Problem solving continues to be a major focus of K-12 mathematics education reform. This case study shows how a teacher's middle school mathematics instruction evolved from teaching problem solving as computation exercises to teaching how to select and implement combinations of problem solving strategies. The teacher's thinking about problem…
Descriptors: Computation, Learning Strategies, Teacher Role, Student Role
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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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Bottge, Brian A.; Heinrichs, Mary; Mehta, Zara Dee; Rueda, Enrique; Hung, Ya-Hui; Danneker, Jeanne – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2004
This study compared two approaches for teaching sixth-grade middle school students to solve math problems in math, technology education, and special education classrooms. A total of 17 students with disabilities and 76 students without disabilities were taught using either enhanced anchored instruction (EAI) or text-based instruction coupled with…
Descriptors: Small Group Instruction, Middle School Students, Disabilities, Technology 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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Haun, Dwight D.; Martin, Barbara N. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2004
The purpose of this study was to investigate beginning teacher attrition and the factors of collaboration and school setting (urban, suburban, and rural). Quantitative data were collected from present and former teachers in a Midwest state using the researcher-created Collaboration Survey. Building principals and central office staff supplied…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Rural Schools, Teacher Persistence, Beginning Teachers
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Brighton, Catherine M.; Hertberg, Holly L. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2004
The student population in contemporary public middle schools is growing increasingly more diverse. While heterogeneously grouped classrooms are consistent with middle school philosophy as well as recommendations from leading middle school advocacy groups, many teachers in these settings seem to downplay the differences among the students and…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Educational Philosophy, Middle School Teachers, Student Diversity