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Akos, Patrick; Charles, Pajarita; Orthner, Dennis; Cooley, Valerie – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2011
Relevant, challenging, integrative, and exploratory all describe the curriculum desirable in middle school (National Middle School Association, 2010). Career-relevant curriculum is one prominent strategy used since the 1970s to achieve these goals. Systematic, integrated, and contemporary efforts at career education often engage core teachers who…
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Career Education, Factor Structure, Factor Analysis
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Akos, Patrick – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2006
Research demonstrates a host of negative student outcomes associated with the transition to middle school. As school personnel seek to connect students to the new school, extracurricular participation, in particular, has the potential to influence student belonging and promote positive academic and psychosocial outcomes. Data from this…
Descriptors: Extracurricular Activities, Academic Achievement, Student Participation, Student Adjustment
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Akos, Patrick – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2004
In response to the 2000 Virginia state writing prompt, eighth grade students wrote a letter of advice to a sixth grader coming to middle school for the first time. A purposeful sample of more than 10,000 writing responses was collected. Content analysis of a random sample of 350 responses revealed themes of advice for students negotiating the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Student Attitudes, Content Analysis, Grade 8