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Farber, Katy; Bishop, Penny – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Although service learning has been documented as a promising pedagogy for middle grades learners, it remains the exception rather than the rule in many middle schools. This qualitative study examined fifth grade students' experience of a service-learning class. Using the tenets of service learning and experiential learning theory as the…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Experiential Learning, Middle School Students, Caring
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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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Protacio, Maria Selena – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
This study investigates the reading engagement of four middle school English learners in their English or English as a Second Language classroom. Students with high levels of reading engagement are those who (a) are motivated to read, (b) use strategies when reading, (c) use reading as a way to construct meaning from texts, and (d) participate in…
Descriptors: Case Studies, English Language Learners, Middle School Students, Reading Motivation
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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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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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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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Niska, John M. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2013
Middle level advisors are faculty members whose role is to develop meaningful relationships and to facilitate conversations with a group of 10 to 12 students on a regular basis regarding the students' academic, personal, and social concerns. This study examines the impact of professional development on middle level advisors' knowledge, skills, and…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Program Effectiveness, Pretests Posttests, Facilitators (Individuals)
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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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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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Hall, Leigh A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2005
This year-long case study examines how a struggling reader in a sixth-grade social studies class, a seventh grade mathematics class, and an eighth grade science class "transacted" with the reading task demands of her specific classroom. Through regular classroom observations and interviews, the researcher documents how each student responded to…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Social Studies, Science Education, Mathematics Education
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Butler, Rhea S.; Hodge, Samuel R. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2004
The purpose of this study was to describe the social interactions of students with and without disabilities in a general physical education (GPE) program. Participants were a girl with Down syndrome and mental retardation, a boy with severe juvenile scoliosis, and their 16 classmates (9 females, 7 males) without disabilities at a rural middle…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Inclusive Schools, Mental Retardation, Down Syndrome