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Moulton, Matthew J. – Middle Grades Review, 2020
In this essay, I use the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001 to define homelessness and describe its prevalence in United States public schools. I present readers with statistics about student homelessness and situate Gorski's equity literacy within the progressive, equity-oriented foundations of the middle school…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Homeless People, Incidence, Public Schools
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Hsu, Pi-Sui; Mukhopadhyay, Saurav; Al-Ararah, Rakez – Middle Grades Review, 2020
The purpose of this qualitative study is to explore how middle school science teachers enact the practice of using technology to support collaborative argumentation in their science classroom. This study employs qualitative case study and drew on data sources of interviews and observations. This study identifies two themes. Six teachers regard…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Middle School Teachers, Persuasive Discourse, Science Instruction
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Kesson, Kathleen – Middle Grades Review, 2020
Families who unschool, or home school (at least 2 million kids in the US) usually reach this decision after much deliberation, and after weighing innumerable factors: available time and energy, capacity, desire, and finances. Now, overnight there are hundreds of thousands of young people with no school to go to - compulsory unschooling. While some…
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Student Centered Learning, Teaching Methods, Student Interests
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Alverson, Ryan; DiCicco, Mike; Faulkner, Shawn A.; Cook, Chris – Middle Grades Review, 2019
For more than 100 years, education communities have debated how best to educate the young adolescent. Proponents of both the junior high school model and the current middle school model have advocated for a specialized approach to educating adolescents that emphasizes the developmental needs of students. To accomplish this, various organizational…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Models, Middle School Teachers, Principals
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Godbey, Samantha; Gordon, Howard R. D. – Middle Grades Review, 2019
In this essay, we discuss issues related to the integration of career exploration in our nation's middle schools. We discuss the theoretical and empirical basis for career exploration at the middle school level and identify selected barriers to its effective implementation, namely with regards to career advising and parent involvement. We also…
Descriptors: Career Exploration, Middle School Students, Barriers, Program Implementation
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Gallagher, Jennifer L.; Farley, Jennifer – Middle Grades Review, 2019
This paper presents a multi-case study of teacher candidates in a pre-service middle grades social studies methods course. The study aimed to understand how middle grades teacher candidates viewed their future as upstanders with agency in middle grades settings. The focus of the research was on heuristic representations that the teacher candidates…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Social Studies
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Huss, John A. – Middle Grades Review, 2019
An often-overlooked component of a middle school website is the necessity for that website to be accessible to those with disabilities, while following the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitation Act. In support of the belief that support the belief that inclusive education and…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Compliance (Legal), Accessibility (for Disabled), Civil Rights Legislation
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Lewis, Rebecca K.; Sembiante, Sabrina F. – Middle Grades Review, 2019
In this essay, our purposes are to inspire particular avenues of future research addressing Transgender students, in middle school in particular, and to inform the professional development of teachers in support of these Transgender youth. In relation to the ways in which research can more authentically represent Transgender identity, we argue for…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, LGBTQ People, Sexual Identity, Advocacy
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Dotson Davis, Lauren – Middle Grades Review, 2019
This essay provides a broad overview of adverse childhood experiences and their impact on the middle level learner. The author finds points of intersection between current research on traumatized students and tenets of the middle level philosophy to make the argument for trauma informed practices that holistically serve young adolescents.
Descriptors: Trauma, Experience, Student Needs, Middle School Students
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Kleine, Karynne L. M.; Lunsmann, Christina J. – Middle Grades Review, 2019
In this essay, a broad spectrum of the work of influential educational scholars was examined in order to identify crucial components of teaching for democracy. Synthesizing the literature with their experiences as middle level teachers and teacher educators, the authors determined those conceptions that would be most fruitful for moving…
Descriptors: Democracy, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Educators, Citizen Participation
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Casquejo Johnston, Luz M. – Middle Grades Review, 2019
Montessori Education is over a century old. Since its inception, Montessori schools have been opened worldwide. While most are pre-schools serving three- to six-year-old children, many people are not aware that Montessori spoke and wrote about middle level education before her death in 1952. Her concept for the Erdkinder, an intentionally designed…
Descriptors: Montessori Method, Montessori Schools, Middle Schools, Middle School Students
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Beane, James A. – Middle Grades Review, 2019
The author envisions a democratic school as one committed to human dignity, a common good, social justice, and equity. It is also committed to creative individuality in which people have the right to think for themselves, to be fully informed about the important issues of the day, to hold beliefs of their own choosing, to have a say in what and…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Equal Education, Educational Environment, School Role
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Young, Jemimah Lea; Foster, Marquita D.; Druery, Donna M. – Middle Grades Review, 2018
The purpose of this study was to utilize an ethnically homogeneous design to examine Black female student U.S. History content-specific knowledge. The study aims to elucidate the importance of singlegroup analyses as an alternative to between-group comparative designs. The present study utilized a critical, quantitative, descriptive research…
Descriptors: Grade 8, African American Students, United States History, Females
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Coker, Jonathan M.; Cain, Leia K. – Middle Grades Review, 2018
This narrative inquiry is an autoethnographical account of one queer-identified middle school teacher's career trajectory in the Southern United States, and his struggle to navigate disclosure of his identity to students. Using a qualitative lens, the authors provide reasoning for the importance of middle school educators to have the ability to…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Homosexuality, Sexual Identity, Identification (Psychology)
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Boulden, Danielle Cadieux; Wiebe, Eric; Akram, Bita; Aksit, Osman; Buffum, Philip Sheridan; Mott, Bradford; Boyer, Kristy Elizabeth; Lester, James – Middle Grades Review, 2018
This paper reports findings from the efforts of a university-based research team as they worked with middle school educators within formal school structures to infuse computer science principles and computational thinking practices. Despite the need to integrate these skills within regular classroom practices to allow all students the opportunity…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Middle School Students, Science Instruction
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