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Styron, Ronald A., Jr.; Nyman, Terri R. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2008
This research project examined student performance in middle schools with a grade configuration of six through eight. Schools were categorized into two groups: high-performing middle schools--middle schools making adequate yearly progress for two consecutive school years, and low-performing middle schools--middle schools not making adequate yearly…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Educational Improvement, Educational Indicators
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Power, Ann Marie R.; Roney, Kathleen; Power, F. Clark – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2008
This study takes up the challenge of middle level researchers to investigate the extent to which schools prepare young adolescents to commit themselves to serve the public interest. One way of assessing the orientation of children and adolescents to the public good is through their emerging self-understanding. This study analyzes middle school…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Hidden Curriculum, Adolescents, Moral Development
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Yager, Robert E.; Akcay, Hakan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2008
The purpose of this study was to determine whether Science, Technology, and Society (STS) learning increases student concept mastery, general science achievement, use of concepts in new situations, and attitudes toward science in middle school classrooms. The study involved two teachers and fifty-two students in grades 6 through 8. Two sections of…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science and Society, Constructivism (Learning), Teaching Methods
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Rath, Jessica Miller; Gielen, Andrea C.; Haynie, Denise L.; Solomon, Barry S.; Cheng, Tina L.; Simons-Morton, Bruce G. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2008
Adolescent academic achievement is closely linked to numerous health outcomes. Studies have demonstrated a positive relationship between parental academic monitoring and adolescent academic achievement. Less is known about factors associated with parental academic monitoring, and research is particularly lacking with low-income, African American…
Descriptors: Prosocial Behavior, Parent School Relationship, Academic Achievement, Adolescents
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Malaspina, Diane; Rimm-Kaufman, Sara E. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2008
This longitudinal study followed students (n = 265) from kindergarten through seventh grade and examined early social and academic predictors of school performance at two normative school transitions. Questions addressed include: (a) are there changes in students' school performance over time, especially at school transition points; (b) are…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Academic Achievement, Interpersonal Competence, Early Experience
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Mo, Yun; Singh, Kusum – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2008
This study focused on parents' relationships and involvement in their children's lives and the effects on the students' school engagement and school performance. The study used the Wave I data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). The data on seventh and eighth grade students' school and family experiences were…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Correlation, Academic Achievement
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Bettis, Pam; Roe, Mary F. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2008
In this qualitative study, the authors merge two bodies of previously separated scholarship: (1) a socio-cultural understanding of adolescent girls in light of the shifting meaning of ideal girlhood, and (2) the participation and success of adolescent girls in school-based literacy activities. They apply these fields of inquiry to explore the…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Females, Qualitative Research, Participation
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Santoli, Susan Pitts; Sachs, John; Romey, Elizabeth A.; McClurg, Stephen – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2008
This report summarizes the results of a survey on attitudes toward inclusion, which was conducted in a middle school in a large school district in the Southeast. The survey was given prior to the beginning of the school year, and immediately prior to the implementation of full inclusion. Respondents were general and special educators,…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Disabilities, Educational Practices, Special Education Teachers
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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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Radcliffe, Rich; Stephens, Liz C. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2008
This mid-point report from a seven-year study about building a college culture investigates how a multifaceted approach including mentoring, technology, campus visits, parent involvement, and tutoring impacts at-risk middle school students' college aspirations and eventual success gaining college acceptance. Based on NAEP report data, many young…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, School Readiness, Higher Education, College Preparation
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Conklin, Hilary G. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2007
The majority of middle school teachers are prepared in either generalist elementary programs or subject-specific secondary programs, yet researchers and teacher educators have little understanding of the ways in which these divergent pathways prepare teachers for working at the middle school level. In this study, preservice teachers from an…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum
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Wilson, Jennifer L. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2007
In this action research study, 24 preservice middle level educators participated in simulated interdisciplinary teams for a semester. The impact this authentic pedagogy had on preservice teachers' developing knowledge of middle school teaming is documented through student artifacts (e.g., journals, assignments), tape-recorded interviews, and field…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Action Research
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Hines, Mack T., III – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2007
This study investigated the differences between adolescent boys and girls from divorced families' adjustment to the middle school transition. A middle school transition survey measured the academic and social middle school transitional experiences of 196 adolescent boys and girls from divorced families. T-Test for Independent Means procedures…
Descriptors: Divorce, Middle Schools, Surveys, Social Characteristics
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Graham, Parry – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2007
This article reports on the results of a mixed method case study investigating the relationship between professional learning community (PLC) activities and teacher improvement in a first-year middle school. Data were collected from core academic sixth, seventh, and eighth grade teachers using a professional development survey, teacher interviews,…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Case Studies
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Virtue, David C. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2007
South Carolina made a significant step forward in middle level education reform by enacting middle level teacher certification in 2001. This qualitative case study documents the process through which the state legislation developed, with a particular focus on how middle level teacher certification arrived and remained on the public policy agenda…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Middle Schools, State Legislation, State Officials
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