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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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Kinkopf, Dara; Dack, Hilary – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2023
A gender gap persists in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Although females constitute half the total workforce in the United States, they make up just greater than a quarter of employees in STEM fields. In recent years, one approach to addressing the gender gap in STEM has involved middle grades science…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, STEM Education, Gender Differences, Females
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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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Ilter, Ilhan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2023
This study investigated the mediation role of school absenteeism in the relationships between different types of amotivation and academic performance. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to assess the hypotheses of study. Participants were 311 eighth-grade middle school students who were absent from school for at least three days during…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Attendance, Grade 8, Middle School Students
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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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Eisenbach, Brooke Boback; Corrieri Augusta, Caitlin – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2022
In seeking out a means of encouraging eighth-grade readers in their literacy and communication development, a university professor and middle grades educator collaborated in an action research study focused on expanding connection and collaboration amongst and between students. Through a theoretical lens grounded in social constructivism, this…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Middle School Students, Student Experience, Electronic Learning
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Beeman, Kendall L. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2022
The transition to online learning due to COVID-19 changed the nature of participation in class. Typically quiet middle grades girls who had struggled to participate in their in-person classes were provided many different avenues to contribute to class online. While prior research has examined the reasons students are quiet and the ways teachers…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Student Participation, Middle School Students
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Jaffee, Ashley Taylor – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
This case study explored how a social studies teacher and a TESOL teacher collaborated to teach an eighth-grade civics and economics course in a diverse classroom with Latinx emergent bilingual students. The researcher employed a theoretical framework of culturally and linguistically relevant citizenship education (CLRCE), which includes five…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Middle School Teachers
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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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Tallman, Tamara O. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
Collaboration is a powerful tool for professional development that creates opportunities for teachers to reflect on their practice. However, school districts continue to have difficulty both implementing and sustaining collaboration. The purpose of this research was to investigate the experiences the teachers in a creative, instructional…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Faculty Development, Program Effectiveness
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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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