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Mann, Michael J.; Smith, Megan L. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2013
This article describes one middle school's efforts to use model building and school self-evaluation to hold itself accountable for its own priorities. These priorities were established by local administrators, teachers, and students, in addition to those established by No Child Left Behind (NCLB). This article discusses this school's efforts to…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Institutional Evaluation, Self Evaluation (Groups), Educational Legislation
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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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Miller, Janice Williams – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2013
This study examined middle grades students' sociability self-concept and their perceptions about feeling safe at school. Participants' (N = 420) exposure to school aggression and concern about the potential for violence at school were measured across four critical areas: fighting, bullying, stealing, and seeing weapons. Results indicated a limited…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Early Adolescents, Aggression, Interpersonal Competence
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Hunley, Sawyer A.; Davies, Susan C.; Miller, Christina R. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2013
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between oral reading fluency and performance on a statewide reading achievement test for middle grades students. Participants in this study were 75 seventh grade students. One month before the students were administered the state test, each student read three probes from their current…
Descriptors: Curriculum Based Assessment, High Stakes Tests, Reading Achievement, Achievement Tests
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Storz, Mark G.; Hoffman, Amy R. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2013
The impact of a one-to-one computing initiative at a Midwestern urban middle school was examined through phenomenological research techniques focusing on the voices of eighth grade students and their teachers. Analysis of transcripts from pre and post-implementation interviews of 47 students and eight teachers yielded patterns of responses to…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Change, Student Behavior, Phenomenology
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Smith, Antony T. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2012
This qualitative case study investigated middle grades literacy coaches' perspectives on their efforts to facilitate teacher change and impact classroom practice. Data were collected from three coaches as they worked with a variety of teachers in middle school settings, using field observation and interviews with coaches, teachers, and principals.…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Literacy, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development
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Raphael, Lisa M.; Burke, Meghan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2012
During an evaluation of a new middle grades reform initiative, the program participants (i.e., teachers, coaches, and principals) reported they perceived that students' social and emotional needs interfaced with implementation of the reform. In particular, participants perceived that students' need for a safe, supportive, and engaging environment…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Program Implementation, Change Strategies, Educational Change
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DiCamillo, Lorrei; Gradwell, Jill M. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2012
In this year-long qualitative study we explore the case of two eighth grade U.S. History teachers who use simulations on a regular basis to teach heterogeneously-grouped students in a high-stakes testing environment. We describe the purposes the teachers espoused for implementing simulations and provide detailed portraits of three types of…
Descriptors: High Stakes Tests, Grade 8, Accountability, Simulation
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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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Johnson, Carla C.; Zhang, Danhui; Kahle, Jane Butler – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2012
This longitudinal prospective cohort study was conducted to determine the impact of effective science instruction on performance on high-stakes high school graduation assessments in science. This study provides powerful findings to support authentic science teaching to enhance long-term retention of learning and performance on state-mandated…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Science Teachers, Educational Experience, Science Instruction
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Spires, Hiller A.; Morris, Gwynn; Zhang, Junzheng – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2012
This study focuses on middle grades teachers from the United States and China, the two countries with the highest Internet use, in an attempt to understand both groups' perspectives on integrating new literacies and technologies into their teaching. Survey and focus group results indicate that, although U.S. and Chinese teachers are operating…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, Foreign Countries, Middle School Teachers, Educational Experience
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Guerra, Fred R., Jr.; Brown, Michelle S. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2012
This quantitative study examined the knowledge levels middle school teachers in South Texas have in relation to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The study specifically compared teacher knowledge levels among three specific ADHD knowledge areas: (a) general knowledge of ADHD, (b) knowledge of symptoms/diagnosis of ADHD, and (c)…
Descriptors: Disability Identification, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Teacher Competencies, Student Characteristics
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Cisco, Brooke Kandel; Padron, Yolanda – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2012
Recent data indicate that many adolescent English language learners (ELLs) comprehend English texts at only a limited literal level. The purpose of this research synthesis was to systematically identify and describe the research related to the English reading comprehension of middle grades ELLs while also making practical connections to…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension
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Puchner, Laurel; Klein, Nicole Aydt – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2012
The goal of this study was to examine perceptions, attitudes, and reported practices of a group of middle level Language Arts teachers concerning sexuality-related issues. Through interviews with 15 teachers, the study found that sexuality was in one sense pervasive, as it came up frequently in the teachers' practice. Yet at the same time the…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Language Arts, Middle Schools, Sexuality
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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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