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Ranschaert, Rachel – Middle Grades Review, 2021
This paper forwards discourse analysis as a productive way to consider the ways in which the possibilities available for middle grades preservice teachers in justice-oriented teacher education programs are complicated by larger discourses relating to teacher neutrality and teacher education as a transformational narrative. To illustrate this,…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Discourse Analysis, Social Justice
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Case, Anny F. – Middle Grades Review, 2021
In addition to the typical ups and downs of middle school (MS), many English language learners (ELLs) in the middle grades also grapple with learning English, straddling multiple cultures, and adapting to the realities of immigration. While school systems tend to focus on linguistic and academic development, MS ELLs exercise agency, creativity,…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes, English (Second Language)
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Cunningham, Emma; Jesson, Rebecca – Middle Grades Review, 2021
This qualitative study examined the interplay between home and school environments across the transition from Primary School (Year 8) to High School (Year 9) for 10 high-achieving Pasifika students and their families. Interview data from the students revealed the important role that their parents played in their education. Drawings completed by…
Descriptors: Student Adjustment, Middle School Students, High School Students, Pacific Islanders
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Baker, Abigail H.; Kassimer, Jennifer L. – Middle Grades Review, 2021
In this essay, we discuss how a Connected Learning (CL) approach to education can offer students and teachers a democratic framework to follow when designing instruction, especially with the recent shift to online and hybrid instruction due to the global pandemic. We present literature on the opportunities and challenges of transitioning to online…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Democracy, Electronic Learning, Instructional Design
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Kesson, Kathleen R. – Middle Grades Review, 2021
In John Dewey's educational framework, the process and product are inseparable; achieving democratic ends cannot result from undemocratic means. For him, the full humanization of people depended not upon externally imposed curriculum and management systems, but rather on responding to the intrinsic needs, interests, and powers of the individual to…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Progressive Education, Individualized Instruction, Democracy
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Davis, Lauren – Middle Grades Review, 2021
The purpose of this study was to determine whether a significant difference exists in academic achievement between all students and economically disadvantaged students when compared by socioeconomic levels in the North Carolina middle grades learner (as measured by reading and mathematics standardized tests). It also sought to determine whether…
Descriptors: Poverty, Middle School Students, Common Core State Standards, Academic Achievement
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Turk, Autumn R. – Middle Grades Review, 2021
This essay contends that personalized professional learning can support the shift towards a culture of personalized learning at the middle school level, with the potential to make a district-wide impact. If you have ever worked in a middle school, you would agree there is a sense magic and contagious energy within middle school students. Middle…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Middle School Students, School Districts, Individualized Instruction
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Wall, Amanda; Norman, Taylor – Middle Grades Review, 2021
A small group of middle level teacher candidates collaborated to create place-based integrated curriculum. These candidates and the authors, two teacher educators, selected two local sites, visited them together, and debriefed these visits. State and national standards as well as guidelines for integrated curriculum (e.g., Beane, 1997; Nesin &…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Place Based Education, Integrated Curriculum
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Alverson, Ryan; DiCicco, Mike; Faulkner, Shawn A.; Cook, Chris – Middle Grades Review, 2021
The education of the young adolescent has consistently posed a challenge to the educational community. While the general belief is this age group (10 to 15 year-old children) would benefit from a specialized educational approach. Historically, both the junior high school model of the early 1900s and the more current middle school concept have…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Educational History, Educational Practices, Student Development
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White, Stephanie J. – Middle Grades Review, 2021
How do we overcome tracking in mathematics to actualize the goals of teaching for social justice? Tracking is a racist educational structure that puts limits on the effectiveness of teaching for social justice. This essay presents arguments for de-tracking with explanation of how tracking negatively impacts Black and Latinx students. Readers will…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Track System (Education), African American Students, Hispanic American Students
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Beschorner, Beth A.; Ferrero, Kathleen; Burnett, Robbie – Middle Grades Review, 2021
Racial disparities must be addressed in every sector in the United States (e.g., healthcare, education, incarceration, etc.) (Skiba et al., 2001). Mary, a middle school principal, created a series of conversations designed to help a small group of students begin to have more productive conversations about race. The purpose of the current study was…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Discussion, Race, Mentors
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Virtue, David C.; Ellerbrock, Cheryl R.; Main, Katherine M. – Middle Grades Review, 2020
Middle level education as a field of study has expanded during the last 30 years to include a growing, international knowledge base. The primary purpose of this review essay is to highlight trends in the extent to which refereed scholarship in the field of middle level education has reflected international content and perspectives during the last…
Descriptors: Trend Analysis, Middle Schools, Educational History, Educational Research
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Malu, Kathleen F. – Middle Grades Review, 2020
Do we need global education in the middle? This essay explores the answer to this question using various lenses. A brief overview of the history of global education within the middle school movement is presented as are the relevant goals from "This We Believe" (National Middle School Association [NMSA], 2010) and definitions of related…
Descriptors: Global Education, Middle School Students, Educational Benefits, Definitions
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Tamerat, Jalene – Middle Grades Review, 2020
Global competence--a necessary attribute in an increasingly interconnected world--describes having the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to act creatively and collaboratively on important global issues. In urban settings comprised of racial, ethnic, and/or linguistic-minority students, especially, a logical but seemingly underutilized…
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Cultural Awareness, Global Approach, Urban Schools
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Demarest, Amy B. – Middle Grades Review, 2020
The large world is made up of small places. Towns, riverbanks, bridges, neighborhoods, forests, and city blocks tell the stories of what things are and how they work. Paying attention to local places and what place-based education (PBE) can bring to global studies will give students a better understanding of the wide world. While this might seem…
Descriptors: Global Education, Place Based Education, Curriculum Development, Secondary School Curriculum
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