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Smith, Megan L.; Mann, Michael J.; Georgieva, Zornitsa; Curtis, Reagan; Schimmel, Christine J. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2016
Young adolescents, and the middle level educators who work with them, face many exciting but demanding challenges during this key period of development. According to stage-environment fit theory, the degree to which middle grades students perceive a good fit between their school environment and their needs impacts their academic and life outcomes.…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Middle School Students, Regression (Statistics), Student Characteristics
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Mann, Michael J.; Kristjansson, Alfgeir L.; Smith, Megan L.; Sigfusdottir, Inga Dora – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2016
Younger adolescents demonstrate a greater vulnerability to negative life events than do older adolescents and adults. The authors examined whether this heightened vulnerability includes a greater likelihood for participating in problem behaviors associated with poor academic outcomes and receiving lower grades. The study was conducted using data…
Descriptors: Experience, Behavior Problems, Middle School Students, Adolescent Development
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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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Mann, Michael J.; Smith, Megan L. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2013
This article describes one middle school's efforts to use model building and school self-evaluation to hold itself accountable for its own priorities. These priorities were established by local administrators, teachers, and students, in addition to those established by No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This article discusses this school's efforts to…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Institutional Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Educational Legislation