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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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Martinez, Eligio, Jr. – Middle Grades Review, 2018
Some assert that middle school should be the stage in an individual's educational trajectory where they begin to make plans for the future. For many young men of color, middle school becomes a stage where they begin to get off track academically. This is the story of Escobar Cruz, a young Latino male student, and his navigation through the 7th…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 7, Hispanic American Students, Masculinity
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Olofson, Mark W.; Bishop, Penny A. – Middle Grades Review, 2018
For the past several years, leaders in middle grades education research have strengthened their call for more methodologically robust quantitative research to address important questions in the field. Recently, two important routes towards addressing this call have emerged: the Middle Grades Longitudinal Study from the National Center for…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Middle Schools, Longitudinal Studies, Statistical Analysis
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Anderson, Kenneth Alonzo – Middle Grades Review, 2018
This study investigates the effectiveness of North Carolina "Senate Bill 402, Section 8.36 -- Grants for School Resource Officers in Elementary and Middle Schools," which provides matching state funds to districts for use in middle and elementary schools. Using generalized difference-in-difference and negative binomial hurdle regression…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Police, State Policy, School Safety
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Hughes, Elizabeth M.; Quiñones, Sandra – Middle Grades Review, 2018
Bullying has been recognized as a complex phenomenon with potential for serious negative outcomes. Activities that address complex social situations of bullying, such as reading and writing to a pen pal about fictional literature, provide space for students to think and share about personal issues that they encounter and how characters deal with…
Descriptors: Bullying, Peer Relationship, Experience, Friendship
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McParker, Matthew C. – Middle Grades Review, 2018
In middle school, adolescents are particularly focused on peer interaction to help form their identities. For marginalized students, especially refugees, peer interaction is especially important. To be successful in schools and gain cultural and social capital, refugee students must learn and internalize the specific norms of their classrooms. In…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Middle School Students, Early Adolescents, Peer Relationship
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Kleine, Karynne L. M.; Falbe, Kristina N.; Previts, Joanne L. – Middle Grades Review, 2018
To promote dialogue and in response to calls for rigorous, large-scale, empirical studies as the standard that will move the field of middle level education forward, a collaborative of middle level teacher researchers submit three counterpoints to the appeals for consideration by the research community: 1) the power of the insights the authors…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Educational Research, Research Methodology, Preservice Teacher Education
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DeMink-Carthew, Jessica – Middle Grades Review, 2018
Although democratic education has long been considered a cornerstone of the developmentally responsive middle school model, current neoliberal priorities in education pose a particular threat to the democratic purpose of education. Due to their emphasis on student voice and civic engagement, youth social action projects present one opportunity to…
Descriptors: Social Action, Democracy, Neoliberalism, Middle School Students
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Schmeichel, Mardi; Hughes, Hilary E.; Kutner, Mel – Middle Grades Review, 2018
In this article we explore how educational researchers report empirical qualitative research about young people's social media use. We frame the overall study with an understanding that social media sites contribute to the production of neoliberal subjects, and we draw on Foucauldian discourse theories and the understanding that how researchers…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Social Media, Mass Media Use, Youth
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Kline, Sonia M.; McCarthey, Sarah J. – Middle Grades Review, 2018
This comparative case study, framed by Cultural Historical Activity Theory and sociocultural understandings of literacy, investigated students' online literate activity in two eighth grade English Language Arts classes taught by the same teacher--one with a scripted literacy curriculum and the other without. During a year-long research project, we…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 8, English Instruction, Language Arts
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Hollands, Fiona M.; Pan, Yilin – Middle Grades Review, 2018
Many school districts have adopted digital tools to supplement or replace teacher-led instruction, usually based on the premise that these tools can provide more personalized or individualized experiences for students and at lower cost. Rigorously evaluating whether such initiatives promote better student outcomes in the field is difficult as most…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Mathematics Education, Grade 3, Grade 4
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Warner, Connor K.; Bell, Clare V.; Odom, Arthur Louis – Middle Grades Review, 2018
This essay explores definitions of technology and educational technology. The authors argue the following points: 1. Educational stakeholders, and the public at large, use the term technology as though it has a universally agreed upon definition. It does not, and how technology is defined matters. 2. For technology in schools to support student…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Definitions
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Mackay, Hannah; Strickland, Martha J. – Middle Grades Review, 2018
As the United States public school classrooms encounter notable shifts in student demographics and increased access to technology, teachers face the dual challenges of cultural and digital differences as they attempt to build relationships with students and develop responsive and relevant instruction. Framed by culturally responsive teaching…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Student Developed Materials, Video Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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