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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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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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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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Coffey, Anne; Berlach, Richard G.; O'Neill, Michael – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2013
After much preparatory work, the Catholic Education Office in Western Australia determined to move Year 7 students from its more than 100 primary schools to secondary schools in 2009. This was the first time in the state's history that a major education system had embarked on such an undertaking. This system-wide shift presented a unique…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Stakeholders, Transitional Programs
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Johnson, Carla C.; Zhang, Danhui; Kahle, Jane Butler – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2012
This longitudinal prospective cohort study was conducted to determine the impact of effective science instruction on performance on high-stakes high school graduation assessments in science. This study provides powerful findings to support authentic science teaching to enhance long-term retention of learning and performance on state-mandated…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Science Teachers, Educational Experience, Science Instruction
Smith, Joshua S.; Feldwisch, Rachel; Abell, Amy – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2006
The study examined students' and parents' perceptions of the transition from middle school to high school in a large public school district in the Midwest. Mean comparisons of student and parent responses to the "Perceptions of Transition Survey" revealed similarities and differences in academic, social, and organizational areas.…
Descriptors: Courses, Safety, School Districts, Comparative Analysis