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Kristie W. Smith; Jessica DeMink-Carthew; Keith Burgess; Bogum Yoon; James Nagle; Penny Bishop – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2024
Middle grades teachers and middle grades teacher educators are practicing in a complex sociocultural and sociopolitical moment. As part of the recent critical turn in middle grades education, antiracist teaching and equity pedagogies have gained momentum in the middle grades education literature. Calls to engage in these practices, however, have…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Equal Education, Racism, Teacher Educators
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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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Rheaume, Julia; Brandon, Jim; Donlevy, J. Kent; Gereluk, Dianne – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
This paper presents the qualitative findings from a recent doctoral study that examined the leadership practices of 17 middle school administrators from three school districts in the Canadian province of Alberta (Rheaume, 2018). The data gathered through six focus group interviews are framed within the three dimensions of Brown et al.'s (2002)…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Administrators, School Administration, Leadership
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Trinter, Christine P.; Hughes, Hilary E. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
This exploratory, embedded single study examined the experiences of middle grades teacher design teams over 10 months as they were immersed in the development of interdisciplinary curriculum units using a backward design framework. The teachers were supported by a researcher-practitioner partnership and situated in a middle level school structure…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Curriculum Design, Educational Objectives, Faculty Development
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Parrish, Christopher W.; Byrd, Kelly O.; Johnson, Todd M.; Dasinger, Jacob; Green, Andre M. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2020
The purpose of this study was to understand how and why middle grades mathematics teachers did or did not fully participate in sustained, content-focused professional development. Qualitative data were collected from middle grades teachers who demonstrated varying levels of participation. The teachers identified opportunities to engage in novel…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty 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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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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Daniels, Erika – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
Research in education and psychology contributes to an understanding of how educators create contexts for learning that encourage intrinsic motivation and increase academic achievement. In this article, the researcher investigated how middle level teachers define effectiveness and identified what factors influence their motivation, both positively…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Curriculum Development
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Roy, George J.; Fueyo, Vivian; Vahey, Philip – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
The exploration of proportional relationships is foundational to the mathematics studied in the middle grades and beyond. Research has shown that an early emphasis on procedures often leaves students with a shallow understanding of the important underlying mathematical concepts of proportional relationships. One approach that addresses the needs…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Urban Schools, Mathematics Teachers
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DeMink-Carthew, Jessica; Olofson, Mark W.; LeGeros, Life; Netcoh, Steven; Hennessey, Susan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
This study investigated the goal-setting approaches of 11 middle grades teachers during the first year of their implementation of a statewide, personalized learning initiative. As an increasing number of middle level schools explore personalized learning, there is an urgent need for empirical research in this area. Goal setting is a critical…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Educational Environment, Middle School Students, Individualized Instruction
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Main, Katherine; Pendergast, Donna – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2015
The authors outline the potent relationship between continuing professional development (CPD), teacher efficacy, and student learning outcomes in the context of a major reform of middle years teacher work in Queensland, Australia. The authors explore core features of effective teacher CPD, including content focus, active learning, coherence,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Continuing Education, Faculty Development, Middle School Teachers
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Downes, John M.; Bishop, Penny A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2015
The number of middle level schools adopting 1:1 laptop programs has increased considerably during the past decade (e.g., Lowther, Strahl, Inan, & Bates, 2007; Storz & Hoffman, 2013; Texas Center for Educational Research, 2009). The cornerstone practices of the middle school concept (National Middle School Association, 2010), therefore,…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Laptop Computers, Access to Computers
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Nocera, Edmund J.; Whitbread, Kathleen M.; Nocera, Gene P. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2014
Research shows that school-wide positive behavior supports (SWPBS) can be an effective alternative to traditional reactive, punitive approaches to problem behavior. However, few studies examine the use of the approach as part of a comprehensive school improvement process involving academic as well as behavioral goals, particularly with regard to…
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Middle Schools
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Smith, Antony T. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2012
This qualitative case study investigated middle grades literacy coaches' perspectives on their efforts to facilitate teacher change and impact classroom practice. Data were collected from three coaches as they worked with a variety of teachers in middle school settings, using field observation and interviews with coaches, teachers, and principals.…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Literacy, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development
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Strahan, David; Hedt, Melissa – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2009
This case study examined the experiences of two middle level teachers as they worked with a literacy coach and university partners in an instructional improvement initiative. Robert and Janice worked together as a two-teacher team. Across the three years of the study, they collaborated with Melissa, the literacy coach, to integrate reading and…
Descriptors: Writing Across the Curriculum, Instructional Improvement, Academic Achievement, Case Studies
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