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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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Simpson, Amber; Che, S. Megan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2016
Utilizing a descriptive phenomenological design, this study examines the lived experiences of seven middle grade students, four females and three males, enrolled in a single-sex mathematics classroom within a coeducational school setting. The intent of the study is to understand, from students themselves, about the experience of single-sex…
Descriptors: Phenomenology, Middle School Students, Mathematics Instruction, Single Sex Classes
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Bourgeois, Steven J.; Boberg, John Eric – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2016
A substantial body of research has shown that academic intrinsic motivation/cognitive engagement decreases from grades three through eight (Lepper, Corpus, & Iyengar, 2005). This phenomenon is troubling if education is to be viewed as a process through which learning goals become gradually internalized and connected with one's sense of self.…
Descriptors: High Achievement, Student Motivation, Learner Engagement, Self Determination
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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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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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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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Gale, Jacqueline J.; Bishop, Penny A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2014
Findings from research studies suggest that school leadership accounts for fully one quarter of total school effects on pupils, making it second only to classroom instruction among school-based factors affecting student achievement (Leithwood, Louis, Anderson & Wahlstrom, 2004). While a considerable body of research has analyzed effective…
Descriptors: Principals, Administrator Effectiveness, Language of Instruction, School Administration
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Moreau, Leah K. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2014
This study explored middle school teachers' perceptions of struggling readers, including influences such as: understandings of components and factors relating to reading difficulties; views of struggling readers' behaviours and affect; classroom implications of their difficulties; and feelings of both competency and responsibility in the teaching…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Reading Difficulties
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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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White, Paula M.; Ross, Diane; Miller, Jennifer; Dever, Robin; Jones, Karen A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2013
The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe middle level prepared teachers' perceptions of their practices after completing an Ohio Middle Childhood: Grades 4-9 teacher education program. Using the National Middle School Association/National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education Initial Level Teacher Preparation Standards (2001)…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Teacher Education, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Thornton, Holly – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2013
Underlying all pedagogical decisions are dispositions that animate, motivate, and direct abilities evident in the patterns of one's frequently exhibited behavior (Ritchhart, 2001). Although the research on teacher dispositions remains inconsistent, and the intensity with which dispositions are evaluated seems to be waning, middle level educators…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Teacher Education, Middle School Teachers, Beginning Teachers
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Storz, Mark G.; Hoffman, Amy R. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2013
The impact of a one-to-one computing initiative at a Midwestern urban middle school was examined through phenomenological research techniques focusing on the voices of eighth grade students and their teachers. Analysis of transcripts from pre and post-implementation interviews of 47 students and eight teachers yielded patterns of responses to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Student Behavior, Phenomenology
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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; Kronenberg, Jessy; Burgner, Richard; Doherty, Jennifer; Hedt, Melissa – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2012
Research has suggested that differentiation is a responsive approach to teaching rather than a set of strategies. In this study, researchers generated a logic model to describe how members of a two-teacher team collaborated to differentiate instruction and to examine the learning connections that five seventh graders made in an integrated unit.…
Descriptors: Integrated Curriculum, Grade 7, Teaching Methods, Teacher Expectations of Students
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Martin, Rachel; Williams, Judy – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2012
The investigation examined a collaborative teaching and learning house structure at a New Zealand intermediate (or middle) school. Using observations, questionnaires, and interviews, we explored the perceptions of staff, children, and parents about the educational value of such a model and whether it meets the principles of good education for the…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Foreign Countries, Team Teaching, Teacher Collaboration
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