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Zambak, Vecihi S.; Tyminski, Andrew M. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2023
The authors explore the influence of instructional technologies on teachers' subject-matter knowledge as well as how this knowledge is mediated by context, experience, and beliefs about teaching, mathematics, and technology. This study examined how four pre-service middle grades mathematics teachers' (PSTs) beliefs about teaching, mathematics, and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Technological Literacy, Educational Technology
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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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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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Avcu, Ramazan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
Fractions are a crucial mathematical topic, which is known as being challenging for both students, pre- and in-service teachers. The current study attempted to explore the extent of pre-service middle level mathematics teachers' knowledge for teaching fractions. Fifty-one senior pre-service teachers took part in the study. The Knowledge for…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Foreign Countries, Fractions
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Hodges, Tracey S.; Wright, Katherine Landau; McTigue, Erin – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
After third grade, students' motivation and enjoyment of writing begins to wane, and this trend continues through most of their education. Middle grade students especially need high-quality writing instruction; however, many teachers report feeling inadequately prepared to teach writing. To combat these issues, teacher preparation programs should…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Student Attitudes
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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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Tienken, Christopher H.; Colella, Anthony; Angelillo, Christian; Fox, Meredith; McCahill, Kevin R.; Wolfe, Adam – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
The use of standardized test results to drive school administrator evaluations pervades education policymaking in more than 40 states. However, the results of state standardized tests are strongly influenced by non-school factors. The models of best fit (n = 18) from this correlational, explanatory, longitudinal study predicted accurately the…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Standardized Tests, Test Results, Models
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Howell, Penny B.; Faulkner, Shawn A.; Cook, Chris M.; Miller, Nicole C.; Thompson, Nicole L. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2016
Since William Alexander's (1963, 1995) call for attention to the need for specialized middle level teacher preparation in 1963, 45 states have created requirements for middle level certification, licensure, or endorsement (Association for Middle Level Education [AMLE], 2014) which have led to institutions of teacher preparation creating routes…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Middle School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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Ruben, Barbara; Rigelman, Nicole; McParker, Matthew – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2016
A qualitative study of the impact of a school-university partnership in which eight teacher candidates from a two-year graduate program were placed together in a poverty level middle school was conducted. Teacher candidates in this particular program receive a master's degree, as well as a teaching license in their content area and special…
Descriptors: Team Teaching, Field Experience Programs, Middle School Students, Middle Schools
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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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Schaefer, Mary Beth – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2014
In a program called "College Immersion," middle grades students spend up to one week on a local college campus, attending specially designed college classes and experiencing collegiate activities. This research study reports on findings related to two different college-middle school partnerships involved in a College Immersion program.…
Descriptors: College Readiness, Middle School Students, Student Experience, Campuses
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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