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Bassette, Laura A.; Taber-Doughty, Teresa – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2016
Teaching students to enjoy reading is important in middle level education; however, middle school students with emotional behavioral disabilities (EBD) frequently struggle with reading skills and frequently display motivational deficits during reading instruction. The purpose of this study was to examine if the presence/absence of a classroom pet…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Animals, Intervention, Early Adolescents
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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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Mann, Michael J. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2013
Middle school girls who are at risk have experienced a disproportionate number of intense and disruptive traumatic life events. Such events can adversely affect healthy development and often contribute to higher levels of school failure and problem behavior. Few programs focus on helping at-risk middle school girls achieve school success through…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Academic Failure, Behavior Problems, Middle School Students
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Smith, Ann Marie; Lennon, Sean – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2011
The purpose of this action research study was to investigate undergraduate preservice student-teachers' interpretations of written reflections and how these written reflections impacted their thoughts about teaching practices. A second question was to investigate how preservice teachers talked about their processes of reflection beyond the…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Action Research, Reflective Teaching, Student Teachers
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Cook, Christopher M.; Faulkner, Shawn A.; Kinne, Lenore J. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2009
High-performing middle schools are a critical link in the educational continuum. In an effort to stimulate the sluggish reform efforts of middle schools, the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform established the Schools to Watch recognition program. Using responses of school personnel to a statewide survey, this study examined the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, School Effectiveness, Recognition (Achievement), Educational Change
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Tienken, Christopher H.; Maher, James A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2008
The issue of lower than expected mathematics achievement is a concern to education leaders and policymakers at all levels of the U.S. PK-12 education system. The purpose of this quantitative, quasi-experimental study was to determine if there was a measurable difference in achievement on the mathematics section of the state test for students (n =…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Achievement, Academic Achievement
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Adams, Sue K.; Kuhn, Jennifer; Rhodes, Jean – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2006
The current study investigated how ethnicity and gender affect changes in the self-esteem of early adolescents during the middle school years. Self-report data were collected from more than 4,000 early adolescents from three ethnic groups: European American, African American, and Hispanic and analyzed using a consecutive three-year cross-sectional…
Descriptors: Ethnic Groups, Grade 8, Grade 6, Gender Differences
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Friend, Jennifer – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2006
This study examined two hypotheses related to same-gender grouping of eighth grade science classes in a public middle school setting. The hypotheses were (a) male and female students enrolled in same-gender science classes demonstrate more positive science academic achievement than their peers enrolled in mixed-gender classes, and (b) same-gender…
Descriptors: Science Achievement, Science Teachers, Grade 8, Classroom Environment
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
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Meeks, Gregory B.; Stepka, Terry H. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2005
This paper examines the progress of one state in implementing the middle school concept. Results of a survey distributed in 1990 were compared to results of a similar survey distributed in the spring of 2004. Progress or the lack thereof has been noted. Implications from this survey can serve to heighten awareness and continue to improve the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Comparative Analysis, Educational Quality, Educational Improvement
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Bottge, Brian A.; Heinrichs, Mary; Mehta, Zara Dee; Rueda, Enrique; Hung, Ya-Hui; Danneker, Jeanne – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2004
This study compared two approaches for teaching sixth-grade middle school students to solve math problems in math, technology education, and special education classrooms. A total of 17 students with disabilities and 76 students without disabilities were taught using either enhanced anchored instruction (EAI) or text-based instruction coupled with…
Descriptors: Small Group Instruction, Middle School Students, Disabilities, Technology Education