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Fredman, Amy J.; Schultz, Nicole J.; Hoffman, Mary F. – Education and Urban Society, 2015
Scholars have become more attentive to lesbian/gay/bisexual/transsexual/queer/questioning (LGBTQ) topics as queer perspectives become increasingly prevalent in middle and high school environments. This study examines how educators navigate social and academic environments in order to incorporate inclusive pedagogical practices and cultivate safe…
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity, Middle Schools
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Harris, Donna M. – Education and Urban Society, 2012
Ability grouping and tracking have been a major focus in educational research because of its role in promoting curriculum differentiation. However, there has been limited attention to how this differentiation occurs in contemporary schools involved with reform efforts including those focused on subject specific academic standards designed to…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Academic Standards, Ability Grouping, Educational Change
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Wilcox, Kristen C. – Education and Urban Society, 2011
In this case study, a district-wide focus on the development of civic responsibility is seen as an important component in the success of higher performing middle schools. Salient features of best practice were gathered from teacher and administrator interviews and documentary evidence in 10 higher performing, yet "beating the odds" schools, and…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Citizenship Responsibility, High Achievement, Case Studies
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Chizhik, Alexander Williams – Education and Urban Society, 2009
The article reports an empirical research study documenting how an integrated playwriting program within an urban, low-socioeconomic status middle school with a majority Latino/a population facilitates increased students' confidence regarding writing in addition to helping students learn transferable writing skills as measured by a districtwide…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Urban Schools, Playwriting, Qualitative Research
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Bancroft, Kim – Education and Urban Society, 2009
This year-long ethnographic study analyzed three California charter middle schools: one served mostly low-income, urban African American students; the second served students from working class Latino families; and the third served a middle class, predominantly White suburb. The study illustrates how socioeconomic context of a charter school's…
Descriptors: African American Students, Working Class, Charter Schools, Middle Class
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Mariage, Troy; Burgener, Joyce; Wolbers, Kim; Shankland, Rebecca; Wasburn-Moses, Leah; Dimling, Lisa; Kosobud, Kathleen; Peters, Susan – Education and Urban Society, 2009
Fifty years after "Brown v. Board of Education", school achievement remains segregated by both race and class. Despite an emphasis on reading achievement as required by No Child Left Behind, many students have serious literacy needs, even into the middle and upper grades. The purpose of this study was to ascertain ways in which middle…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Federal Legislation, Reading Achievement, At Risk Students
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Hanlon, Thomas E.; Simon, Betsy D.; O'Grady, Kevin E.; Carswell, Steven B.; Callaman, Jason M. – Education and Urban Society, 2009
The present study reports on the effectiveness at one-year follow-up of an after-school prevention program targeting 6th grade African American youth residing in high-risk urban areas. The program, conducted on-site over the school-year period, involved a group mentoring approach emphasizing remedial education and an appreciation of African…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, Prevention, Parent Participation, Academic Achievement
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Theoharis, George – Education and Urban Society, 2008
This article comes from an investigation into the identities and leadership traits of seven urban school principals committed to social justice across elementary, middle, and high school levels. These administrators believed that enacting social justice for marginalized students was instrumental in their desire to become school leaders and central…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Urban Schools, Leadership Responsibility, Principals
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Shulman, Vivian; Armitage, Deirdre – Education and Urban Society, 2005
This study reports on a 5-year project to improve urban, middle-level student achievement through the implementation of two initiatives. First, teachers at a participating New York City middle school engaged in weekly curriculum-planning workshops to reformulate classroom curricula into interdisciplinary, discovery-oriented activities. Second,…
Descriptors: State Standards, Undergraduate Students, Tutoring, Academic Achievement
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Brown, Kathleen M.; Anfara, Vincent A., Jr.; Roney, Kathleen – Education and Urban Society, 2004
Utilizing a qualitative, multisite case study design and the theoretical framework of Hoy and Hannum (1997), the design and execution of this research investigates plausible explanations for the difference in student achievement between high performing (HPS) suburban middle schools and low performing (LPS) urban middle schools. Aside from the…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Suburban Schools, Urban Schools, Academic Achievement