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Chang, Te-Sheng; Sinaga, Romi Aswandi; Chou, Hou-Ting – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2023
English-language learning in rural Taiwan has been targeted by government policy for two decades, yet little research has investigated students' motivation and support in these rural communities. This study investigated the effects of students' gender, grade, parental support (PS), and teacher support (TS) on their English learning motivation…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Junior High School Students, Student Motivation, English (Second Language)
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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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Jurasaite-O'Keefe, Elena – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2022
This article explores how international-mindedness is defined and cultivated in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program (MYP) schools in different regions of the world as young adolescents face their main developmental task of identity development. An online survey that contained demographic and open-ended questions was…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, International Education, Middle School Students, Advanced Placement Programs
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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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Bauml, Michelle; Davis Smith, Victoria; Blevins, Brooke – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2022
While civic participation is a crucial component of healthy and sustainable democracies, young adolescents may perceive or experience barriers that limit their civic action. This study draws from focus groups and surveys during a week-long summer civics camp to explore ways in which 47 young adolescents entering Grades 6-9 described barriers they…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Hsu, Pi-Sui; Lee, Eric Monsu; Smith, Thomas J. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2022
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore how equity-oriented pedagogy infused with Making activities promoted five non-dominant middle school youths' attitudes toward science in an after-school program in the Midwestern United States. The researchers conducted pre- and post-interviews with five students from non-dominant…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, After School Programs
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Booth, Margaret Zoller; Roberts, Audrey Conway; Gerard, Jean M.; Gilfillan, Beth H. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2022
The researchers investigated adolescent perceptions of school climate and academic self-efficacy over time for a group of Grade 7 through Grade 9 students. We followed 717 students in an ethnically diverse school district in a small town in northern Ohio from fall 2009 to spring 2011. Four waves of data collected in surveys each fall and spring…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Self Efficacy, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Eisenbach, Brooke Boback; Corrieri Augusta, Caitlin – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2022
In seeking out a means of encouraging eighth-grade readers in their literacy and communication development, a university professor and middle grades educator collaborated in an action research study focused on expanding connection and collaboration amongst and between students. Through a theoretical lens grounded in social constructivism, this…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Middle School Students, Student Experience, Electronic Learning
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Caldarella, Paul; Larsen, Ross A. A.; Williams, Leslie; Lulla, Saanya R.; Wills, Howard P. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2022
Middle level school teachers commonly measure and monitor students' academic performance, but such is not the case for students' classroom behavior. This is unfortunate, given the rise in students' classroom behavior problems in middle school, especially for students who experience emotional or behavioral disorders. The Classroom Performance…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Middle School Students, Student Evaluation, Behavior Problems
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Beeman, Kendall L. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2022
The transition to online learning due to COVID-19 changed the nature of participation in class. Typically quiet middle grades girls who had struggled to participate in their in-person classes were provided many different avenues to contribute to class online. While prior research has examined the reasons students are quiet and the ways teachers…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Student Participation, Middle School Students
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MacDonnell, Marisa; McClain, Kellie; Ganguli, Aishwarya; Elias, Maurice J. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
Informed by the Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) approach to school turnaround, the present study examined the relationship between students' recollection and reflection of their experience in a SECD program and academic achievement and explored the mediating effect of student-teacher relationships. Based on an intervention in an…
Descriptors: Intervention, Social Emotional Learning, Academic Achievement, Teacher Student Relationship
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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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Bishop, Penny A. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
As of March 31, 2020, the closure of schools in 192 countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic had resulted in over 1.6 billion learners being temporarily forced out of school buildings. New educational inequities arose, and existing ones were exacerbated. Acknowledging that disruption may also stimulate innovation, the purpose of this qualitative…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Online Courses
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Wilson, Robin; Sulak, Tracey; Bagby, Janet – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
The current research investigated the impact of Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) on middle level students' executive function skills. AVID uses inquiry-based and student-centered instruction to close the opportunity gap in college attendance and degree attainment for underrepresented demographic groups. With AVID, teachers inspire…
Descriptors: Self Determination, Program Effectiveness, Middle School Students, Executive Function
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Hsu, Pi-Sui; Van Dyke, Margot – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2021
The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore how young adolescents participated in various activities in a science summer camp. A total of 26 Taiwanese students and 16 U.S. students participated in a one-week "Argue like a Scientist" summer camp. Based on the design features of project-based learning, this science summer…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Science Activities, Summer Programs, Camps
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