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Yvonne Allsop; Arianna Black; Shantanu Tilak; Eric M. Anderman – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2024
Sexual health education in the United States is seeing increased attention and is often viewed as a controversial topic. To better understand young adolescents' experiences within an LGBTQ+ inclusive sexual health education program ("Get Real"), we utilized Situated Expectancy-Value Theory to investigate 53 responses from 30 students…
Descriptors: Grade 7, Grade 8, LGBTQ People, Health Education
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Mullen, Carol A.; Badger, Susan C. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2023
The authors examined middle level teachers' perceptions and experiences of leadership support during the sudden transition to emergency remote teaching (ERT) during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this qualitative case study, the research questions were: How did middle school teachers perceive their leaders' support for teaching online? What were…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Leadership, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Kaynak, Ümre; Kaynak, Semih; Sevgili Koçak, Seda – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2023
While it is well established that positive peer relationships lead to positive outcomes, little is known about the mediating role of school motivation on the association between perceived peer support and school achievement among middle grades students. Even less is known about the effect of gender on this mediation. The current study examined…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Academic Achievement, Gender Differences, Student Motivation
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Bauml, Michelle; Davis Smith, Victoria; Blevins, Brooke – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2022
While civic participation is a crucial component of healthy and sustainable democracies, young adolescents may perceive or experience barriers that limit their civic action. This study draws from focus groups and surveys during a week-long summer civics camp to explore ways in which 47 young adolescents entering Grades 6-9 described barriers they…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Booth, Margaret Zoller; Roberts, Audrey Conway; Gerard, Jean M.; Gilfillan, Beth H. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2022
The researchers investigated adolescent perceptions of school climate and academic self-efficacy over time for a group of Grade 7 through Grade 9 students. We followed 717 students in an ethnically diverse school district in a small town in northern Ohio from fall 2009 to spring 2011. Four waves of data collected in surveys each fall and spring…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Self Efficacy, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Wilson, Robin; Sulak, Tracey; Bagby, Janet – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
The current research investigated the impact of Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) on middle level students' executive function skills. AVID uses inquiry-based and student-centered instruction to close the opportunity gap in college attendance and degree attainment for underrepresented demographic groups. With AVID, teachers inspire…
Descriptors: Self Determination, Program Effectiveness, Middle School Students, Executive Function
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Bjorklund-Young, Alanna; Plasman, Jay Stratte – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2020
Over the past 30 years, numerous policies have focused on closing the achievement gap in the United States. Despite this emphasis on mastery and proficiency, students continue to perform below expectations. We use standardized math test performance to explore whether schools have been able to eliminate the achievement gap across middle-level…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Mathematics Achievement, Middle School Students, Early Adolescents
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Jones, Aaron B.; Richardson, Michael J.; Jensen, Bryant T.; Whiting, Erin F. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2020
The purpose of this study was to examine any relationships between students' perceptions of the effects of school uniforms and student socioeconomic status. A survey was administered to 182 students in a charter school to gather perception information, and a separate survey was administered to parents to gather socioeconomic status information. An…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, School Uniforms, Socioeconomic Status, Correlation
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Strahan, David B.; Poteat, Beth – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2020
As teachers and administrators focus increasing attention on the mental health needs of students, researchers are exploring ways that addressing social-emotional needs is essential to academic growth as well as personal wellness. This descriptive investigation explored ways that seventh and eighth grade students perceived their social-emotional…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Social Development, Emotional Development
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Cipra, Alli; Hall, LaTreese – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
While bullying is a serious concern for students and educators alike, empirically tested interventions are needed. This study examined the impact of a bullying intervention curriculum at a public middle school in the Midwest. This intervention, CORE"Matters", was designed to reduce bullying behaviors, foster a greater sense of community…
Descriptors: Bullying, Intervention, Public Schools, Middle Schools
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Campbell, Yvonne C.; Filimon, Claudia – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
The number of English language learners (ELLs) mainstreamed into regular classrooms continues to increase. Curricular writing standards required by the Common Core State Standards require students to write essays analytically in response to text(s). Many English Language Arts (ELA) teachers may worry about effectively delivering essay writing…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Common Core State Standards
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Martinez, Tonnie; Zhao, Yuanyuan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Young adolescents who experience stress may also exhibit negative behaviors at school. Students whose misbehavior causes an interruption to classroom learning may be sent to the office and, as a result, lose instructional time and learning. The goal of this quasi-experimental pilot study was to determine if mindfulness training would decrease the…
Descriptors: Perception, Metacognition, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Jordan, Robert; DiCicco, Mike; Sabella, Laura – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
To meet the demand for certified math and science teachers, alternative certification programs attempt to provide fast-track training and licensure of STEM-area educators (Goldhaber, Kreig, Theobald, & Brown, 2014). Teachers prepared in programs with a middle level specialization have been shown to participate in effective practices such as…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Adolescents, Alternative Teacher Certification, Teacher Education Programs
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Strahan, David; Hansen, Kloo; Meyer, Annie; Buchanan, Ryan; Doherty, Jennifer – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
Researchers engaged in a collaborative, yearlong study with a seventh-grade language arts teacher who integrated activities to enhance students' understanding of mindsets with content instruction. Lessons emphasized four aspects of mindsets: belief that learning abilities can grow with the investment of effort, willingness to address challenging…
Descriptors: Intervention, Language Arts, Grade 7, Case Studies
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Edwards, Susan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
The purpose of this study was to follow the learning trajectory of a beginning teacher attempting to implement active learning instructional methods in a middle grades classroom. The study utilized a qualitative case study methodological approach with the researcher in the role of participant observer. Three research questions were explored: the…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Program Implementation, Active Learning, Teaching Methods
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