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Severino, Lori; Tecce DeCarlo, Mary Jean; Sondergeld, Toni; Izzetoglu, Meltem; Ammar, Alia – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
A student's reading skill is essential to learning. Assessing reading skills, specifically comprehension, is difficult. In the middle grades, students read to learn; and their teachers need a quick, easy assessment that provides immediate data on reading comprehension skill. This study explores the holistic validation approach of one eighth-grade…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Reading Instruction, Middle School Students
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Howell, Penny B.; Cook, Chris M.; Miller, Nicole C.; Thompson, Nicole L.; Faulkner, Shawn A.; Rintamaa, Margaret F. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Specialized preparation and credentialing for teachers of young adolescents continue to be the focus of advocacy efforts within the field of middle level education. To better understand the status of middle level teacher credentialing throughout the United States, this descriptive, pragmatic, qualitative study explored how specialized middle level…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Credentials, Middle School Students, Teacher Certification
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Olofson, Mark W.; Downes, John M.; Petrick Smith, Carmen; LeGeros, Life; Bishop, Penny A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Reforms to support and expand personalized learning increasingly are being introduced in middle schools across the United States. Personalization, as enacted in response to these reforms, encourages teachers to implement many practices that long have been recommended by advocates of middle grades philosophy. To better understand the practices of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Individualized Instruction, Faculty Development, Middle School Teachers
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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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Busey, Christopher L.; Russell, William B., III – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2016
This qualitative study examines the perceptions that Latino students have of middle school social studies. Twelve Latino/a middle school students provided written narratives recounting their experiences in social studies and participated in two semi-structured phenomenological interviews. Findings indicate that social studies teachers rely heavily…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, Hispanic American Students, Personal Narratives
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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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Kiefer, Sarah M.; Alley, Kathleen M.; Ellerbrock, Cheryl R. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2015
The purpose of this sequential explanatory mixed methods study was to investigate teacher and peer support for young adolescents' academic motivation, classroom engagement, and school belonging within one large, urban, ethnically diverse middle school. In the initial quantitative phase, associations among aspects of teacher support (autonomy,…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Learner Engagement, Interpersonal Relationship, Middle School Students
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Kiefer, Sarah M.; Ellerbrock, Cheryl; Alley, Kathleen – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2014
The purpose of this descriptive qualitative study was to investigate the ways teachers support young adolescents' academic motivation in one large, urban, ethnically diverse middle school. Data included individual interviews of 24 participants (18 students, 5 teachers, and 1 middle school assistant principal). Findings suggested that the following…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Student Motivation, Adolescents, Middle Schools
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Daniels, Erika; Steres, Michael – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2011
This case study examined a middle school where a new administration had made school-wide reading an immediate and significant priority. The study investigated how and why the culture shift to schoolwide reading appeared to influence student engagement. Existing research suggested that students must feel motivated about their learning to be…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle Schools, School Culture, Silent Reading
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Parker, Audra K. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2010
Young adolescents grapple with a host of changes that may influence how they perceive themselves: rapid physical and emotional development, the transition to new school environments, and the onset of adolescence. The purpose of this study is to investigate young adolescents' perceptions of self prior to and during their middle grades years. Data…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Self Concept Measures, Adolescents, Grade 5
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Cripps, Kayla; Zyromski, Brett – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2009
Adolescence is a critical period of development. Previous research suggests parent involvement in school directly impacts student success. However, different types of parental involvement and the efforts of middle school personnel to educate parents about these effective practices have received scant attention in the literature. The level and type…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Parent Participation, Parenting Styles, Child Rearing
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Power, Ann Marie R.; Roney, Kathleen; Power, F. Clark – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2008
This study takes up the challenge of middle level researchers to investigate the extent to which schools prepare young adolescents to commit themselves to serve the public interest. One way of assessing the orientation of children and adolescents to the public good is through their emerging self-understanding. This study analyzes middle school…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Hidden Curriculum, Adolescents, Moral Development
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Rath, Jessica Miller; Gielen, Andrea C.; Haynie, Denise L.; Solomon, Barry S.; Cheng, Tina L.; Simons-Morton, Bruce G. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2008
Adolescent academic achievement is closely linked to numerous health outcomes. Studies have demonstrated a positive relationship between parental academic monitoring and adolescent academic achievement. Less is known about factors associated with parental academic monitoring, and research is particularly lacking with low-income, African American…
Descriptors: Prosocial Behavior, Parent School Relationship, Academic Achievement, Adolescents
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