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Anum Zahra; Zahra Waheed; Tehreem Fatima; Kok Wei Khong – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2024
Embedding environmental concepts in the minds of young students within a traditional classroom setting poses challenges due to the abstract nature of these concepts and the temporal dilemma associated with environmental change, as students are unable to observe the immediate consequences of their actions directly. To address this, innovative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration
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Kinkopf, Dara; Dack, Hilary – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2023
A gender gap persists in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Although females constitute half the total workforce in the United States, they make up just greater than a quarter of employees in STEM fields. In recent years, one approach to addressing the gender gap in STEM has involved middle grades science…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, STEM Education, Gender Differences, Females
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Zambak, Vecihi S.; Tyminski, Andrew M. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2023
The authors explore the influence of instructional technologies on teachers' subject-matter knowledge as well as how this knowledge is mediated by context, experience, and beliefs about teaching, mathematics, and technology. This study examined how four pre-service middle grades mathematics teachers' (PSTs) beliefs about teaching, mathematics, and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Technological Literacy, Educational Technology
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LeGeros, Life; Bishop, Penny; Netcoh, Steven; Downes, John – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2022
Over the past decade, personalized learning has emerged as a major aim in the contemporary education systems of many countries. This qualitative case study examined middle school educators' perceptions of how their school's collective experimentation with Genius Hour supported the broader implementation of personalized learning. Teachers in the…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Teaching Methods, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Fergus, Sara; Petrick Smith, Carmen – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2022
Math anxiety can have an extraordinary impact on middle level students' ability to learn. However, certain classroom practices may be able to mitigate this impact. In terms of assessment practices, proficiency-based learning, also called competency-based learning or standards-based grading, may help establish a learning environment that either…
Descriptors: Mathematics Anxiety, Mathematics Instruction, Competency Based Education, Middle School Students
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Jaffee, Ashley Taylor – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
This case study explored how a social studies teacher and a TESOL teacher collaborated to teach an eighth-grade civics and economics course in a diverse classroom with Latinx emergent bilingual students. The researcher employed a theoretical framework of culturally and linguistically relevant citizenship education (CLRCE), which includes five…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Middle School Teachers
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Neth, Erin L.; Caldarella, Paul; Richardson, Michael J.; Heath, Melissa A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2020
Adolescence can be a particularly difficult time for youth as they experience the physical, social, and academic changes that accompany maturation. One of the most critical challenges for schools is teaching adolescent students positive social and emotional skills, which are crucial for them to succeed academically and emotionally. "Strong…
Descriptors: Social Development, Emotional Development, Middle School Teachers, Behavior Problems
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Campbell, Yvonne C.; Filimon, Claudia – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
The number of English language learners (ELLs) mainstreamed into regular classrooms continues to increase. Curricular writing standards required by the Common Core State Standards require students to write essays analytically in response to text(s). Many English Language Arts (ELA) teachers may worry about effectively delivering essay writing…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Common Core State Standards
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Lachance, Joan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Dual language education programs are highly beneficial for literacy and academic language development with all students, especially those who are English learners. School districts nation-wide are attempting to expand K-12 dual language programs, yet teaching and learning for biliteracy development are highly complex processes, especially with…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Science Instruction, Qualitative Research, Second Language Learning
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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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Pennington, Sarah E. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
Early adolescence is a critical time for examining academic motivation, specifically motivation to read. To support self-determined motivation to read, students' needs for competence, autonomy, and relatedness must be met within the classroom context. Because classroom instructional practices are a key component of adolescents' daily experiences…
Descriptors: Language Arts, Preadolescents, Adolescent Attitudes, Early Adolescents
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Edwards, Susan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
The purpose of this study was to follow the learning trajectory of a beginning teacher attempting to implement active learning instructional methods in a middle grades classroom. The study utilized a qualitative case study methodological approach with the researcher in the role of participant observer. Three research questions were explored: the…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Program Implementation, Active Learning, Teaching Methods
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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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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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Schaefer, Mary Beth; Malu, Kathleen F.; Yoon, Bogum – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2016
Over 50 years of articles related to the middle school movement in the United States were examined and analyzed in order to uncover the movement's primary themes associated with practice, research, and policy. Using a qualitative content approach, researchers created themes to represent the movement decade by decade. The years 1963-1979 were…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Qualitative Research, Teaching Methods, Social Change
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