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Bailey, Beatrice N. – Middle Grades Review, 2017
This case study reveals how middle school social studies teachers within a professional development program are encouraging their students to use multiple disciplinary literacies to create Our History Clips as they also work toward developing a classroom community of engaged student citizens.
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Social Studies, Faculty Development, Grade 6
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Howell, Penny B.; Deweese, Abigail; Gnau, Alice; Peavley, Laura; Sheffield, Caroline – Middle Grades Review, 2017
As practicing teachers, school personnel, and teacher educators engaged in a school-university partnership, we have worked to co-create a mutually beneficial relationship centered around the learning needs of young adolescents. In this article, we will describe our diverse perspectives on and perceptions of how the partnership enhances the…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Middle School Students, Early Adolescents, College School Cooperation
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Kang, Hyeyoung; Kim, Hoe Kyeung – Middle Grades Review, 2017
This research explored Korean early study abroad students' school adjustment in the United States, as well as how their microsystems (family, peer, school) affect their experiences. To understand their experience, we posed two research questions: 1) What are Korean early study abroad students' experience like in adjusting to American middle…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Study Abroad, Student Adjustment
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Hurd, Ellis; Weilbacher, Gary – Middle Grades Review, 2017
Exemplary middle schools use interdisciplinary teaming that often involves some level of co-planning, coteaching, and co-assessing. In addition to this collaborative foundation, federal mandates for supporting students have led to frequent co-teaching between special educators, bilingual/bicultural specialists, and regular classroom teachers.…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Team Teaching, Preservice Teacher Education
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Cross, Stephanie Behm; Thomas, Clarice – Middle Grades Review, 2017
Given what we know about new teacher attrition--most teachers leave within their first five years in the field--specialized support during early years of teaching is critical. But should this support look different across different contexts and grade bands? What does supportive teacher education and induction look like for middle level educators…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Burnout, Beginning Teachers, Urban Schools
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Hsu, Pi-Sui; Van Dyke, Margot; Smith, Thomas J. – Middle Grades Review, 2017
The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to explore the effect of varied gender groupings on argumentation skills among middle school students in Taiwan and the United States in a project-based learning environment that incorporated a graph-oriented computer-assisted application (GOCAA). A total of 43 students comprised the treatment condition…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Persuasive Discourse, Multivariate Analysis
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Pettit, Stacie K.; Albert, Craig D.; Walker, Juan; Rychly, Laura – Middle Grades Review, 2017
In this essay, the authors describe the benefits and theoretical connections of the Junior Model United Nations (JMUN) program in middle school classrooms. The lens used to view the JMUN program is informed by literature on the needs of young adolescents, inquiry learning, and global citizenship. Findings based on this literature illuminate…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Early Adolescents, Youth Programs, Inquiry
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Turner, Steven L.; Greene, Carie C. – Middle Grades Review, 2017
Middle school mentor teachers who participate in school-university clinical experiences have a unique opportunity to support preservice middle grades teachers' development and improve the schooling of young adolescents. This article investigates an early clinical experience and presents data from a survey of 38 middle school teachers who served as…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Mentors, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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Stormer, Kimberly J. – Middle Grades Review, 2017
Using qualitative methods and a case study design, the perceptions and writing processes of three African-American eighth grade males were explored. Data were derived from semi-structured and informal interviews, and document analysis. The study concluded that the perceptions of the three participants' writing processes did not adhere to the steps…
Descriptors: African American Students, Males, Grade 8, Semi Structured Interviews
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Rintamaa, Margaret; Howell, Penny B. – Middle Grades Review, 2017
The University of Kentucky (UK) and the University of Louisville (UL) are located approximately 90 miles from each other in Kentucky. They are the only two research-intensive institutions in the state, and both have middle level teacher education programs preparing candidates in school-embedded clinical sites. Both teacher preparation programs are…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Middle School Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teacher Education
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Davila, Denise; Volz, Allison – Middle Grades Review, 2017
While the United States has a divisive history around the separation of church and state in public school, current national and state teaching standards do include curricular objectives related to the study of religion. This paper focuses on the ways a diverse group of sixth-grade public schoolchildren engaged with religious content in their…
Descriptors: Religion, Picture Books, Middle School Students, Language Arts
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Flynn, Laura; Colby, Sherri R. – Middle Grades Review, 2017
Our action research ethnography explores sixth grade students' perceptions of their classroom space as conducive or distracting to their learning experiences. Issues of physical environment, students' self-governance, and disciplinary management are explored. We conclude by offering recommendations for other educators to consider.
Descriptors: Grade 6, Ethnography, Middle School Students, Student Attitudes
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DiCicco, Mike; Cook, Chris M.; Faulkner, Shawn A. – Middle Grades Review, 2016
Since the beginning of the middle school movement in the mid-1960s, middle level advocates have called for a school experience for young adolescents grounded in adolescent development that engages students in meaningful learning (Alexander & Williams, 1965; Eichhorn, 1966). The aim of this exploratory multicase study was to understand middle…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Attitudes, Secondary Education
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Mitchell, Lynn – Middle Grades Review, 2016
Conversations in middle school about digital citizenship tend to focus on the responsibilities of citizenship and the issues of surveillance, safety, cyberbullying, and internet etiquette. While these are important and essential conversations, digital citizenship education needs to consider youth political identity and democratic participation in…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Technological Literacy, Citizenship Education, Political Issues
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Bouton, Bobette – Middle Grades Review, 2016
This essay argues for an expanded understanding of three of the Essential Attributes--Developmentally Responsiveness, Empowerment and Equity--established by "This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents" to address the unique needs of adolescents who are refugees. It provides a practical framework for readers to assist their…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Refugees, Student Needs, Adolescents
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