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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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Martinez, Tonnie; Zhao, Yuanyuan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Young adolescents who experience stress may also exhibit negative behaviors at school. Students whose misbehavior causes an interruption to classroom learning may be sent to the office and, as a result, lose instructional time and learning. The goal of this quasi-experimental pilot study was to determine if mindfulness training would decrease the…
Descriptors: Perception, Metacognition, Grade 7, Grade 8
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Booker, Keonya – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Middle grades students have developmental needs that are unique from those of younger children and those in late adolescence. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how middle grades teachers create a sense of belonging with their students and the ways in which their knowledge of early adolescent development influences that process.…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Early Adolescents, Self Determination
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Howell, Penny B.; Cook, Chris M.; Miller, Nicole C.; Thompson, Nicole L.; Faulkner, Shawn A.; Rintamaa, Margaret F. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Specialized preparation and credentialing for teachers of young adolescents continue to be the focus of advocacy efforts within the field of middle level education. To better understand the status of middle level teacher credentialing throughout the United States, this descriptive, pragmatic, qualitative study explored how specialized middle level…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Credentials, Middle School Students, Teacher Certification
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Daniels, Erika – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
Research in education and psychology contributes to an understanding of how educators create contexts for learning that encourage intrinsic motivation and increase academic achievement. In this article, the researcher investigated how middle level teachers define effectiveness and identified what factors influence their motivation, both positively…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Curriculum Development
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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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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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Tienken, Christopher H.; Colella, Anthony; Angelillo, Christian; Fox, Meredith; McCahill, Kevin R.; Wolfe, Adam – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
The use of standardized test results to drive school administrator evaluations pervades education policymaking in more than 40 states. However, the results of state standardized tests are strongly influenced by non-school factors. The models of best fit (n = 18) from this correlational, explanatory, longitudinal study predicted accurately the…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Standardized Tests, Test Results, Models
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Roy, George J.; Fueyo, Vivian; Vahey, Philip – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
The exploration of proportional relationships is foundational to the mathematics studied in the middle grades and beyond. Research has shown that an early emphasis on procedures often leaves students with a shallow understanding of the important underlying mathematical concepts of proportional relationships. One approach that addresses the needs…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Urban Schools, Mathematics Teachers
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Flowers, Nancy; Begum, Shahana; Carpenter, Dawn M. H.; Mulhall, Peter F. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
This article presents the results of a study examining the highest implementers of the Schools to Watch (STW): School Transformation Network Project, and the impact the project had on their teaching/learning practices and outcomes. The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program and was…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, School Turnaround, Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement
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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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DeMink-Carthew, Jessica; Olofson, Mark W.; LeGeros, Life; Netcoh, Steven; Hennessey, Susan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2017
This study investigated the goal-setting approaches of 11 middle grades teachers during the first year of their implementation of a statewide, personalized learning initiative. As an increasing number of middle level schools explore personalized learning, there is an urgent need for empirical research in this area. Goal setting is a critical…
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Educational Environment, Middle School Students, Individualized Instruction
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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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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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Howell, Penny B.; Faulkner, Shawn A.; Cook, Chris M.; Miller, Nicole C.; Thompson, Nicole L. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2016
Since William Alexander's (1963, 1995) call for attention to the need for specialized middle level teacher preparation in 1963, 45 states have created requirements for middle level certification, licensure, or endorsement (Association for Middle Level Education [AMLE], 2014) which have led to institutions of teacher preparation creating routes…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Middle School Teachers, Preservice Teachers
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