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Bishop, Penny A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2023
The integration of social and emotional learning into school curricula has been linked to a number of positive student outcomes, including increased academic achievement, the development of healthy relationships, and improved emotional self-regulation. Rarely, however, has research considered students' perspectives on which social and emotional…
Descriptors: Peer Groups, Peer Evaluation, Social Emotional Learning, Self Control
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Bishop, Penny A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
As of March 31, 2020, the closure of schools in 192 countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic had resulted in over 1.6 billion learners being temporarily forced out of school buildings. New educational inequities arose, and existing ones were exacerbated. Acknowledging that disruption may also stimulate innovation, the purpose of this qualitative…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Online Courses
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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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Downes, John M.; Bishop, Penny A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2015
The number of middle level schools adopting 1:1 laptop programs has increased considerably during the past decade (e.g., Lowther, Strahl, Inan, & Bates, 2007; Storz & Hoffman, 2013; Texas Center for Educational Research, 2009). The cornerstone practices of the middle school concept (National Middle School Association, 2010), therefore,…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Laptop Computers, Access to Computers
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Gale, Jacqueline J.; Bishop, Penny A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2014
Findings from research studies suggest that school leadership accounts for fully one quarter of total school effects on pupils, making it second only to classroom instruction among school-based factors affecting student achievement (Leithwood, Louis, Anderson & Wahlstrom, 2004). While a considerable body of research has analyzed effective…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Effectiveness, Language of Instruction, School Administration
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Bishop, Penny A.; Pflaum, Susanna W. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2005
This qualitative study investigates rural middle school students' perceptions of academic engagement. Participant-produced drawings (Kearney & Hyle, 2003), integrated with a series of semi-structured interviews (Patton, 2002), served as the primary data collection techniques. Twenty middle school students participated, stratified for socioeconomic…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Academic Achievement, Student Participation
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Boyer, Susan J.; Bishop, Penny A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2004
Interdisciplinary teaming in middle schools has increased dramatically over the past few decades (McEwin, Dickinson & Jensen, 2003); nevertheless, students have rarely been consulted as important sources of insight into this practice (Dickinson & Erb, 1997) of two or more teachers sharing the responsibility for instruction, curriculum, and…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Student Attitudes, Early Adolescents, Teaching Methods