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Ilter, IIhan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
This study compares the effectiveness of context clue strategy instruction to wide reading practices in terms of their impact on the vocabulary knowledge of students who read at frustration level. The participants were 44 sixth-grade students from a middle grades school. Students were randomly assigned to experimental and control conditions. The…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Vocabulary Development, Cues, Pretests Posttests
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DiGaudio, Christina; Bickmore, Dana L. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
Limited research explores how school administrators learn the leadership skills, knowledge, and dispositions that will support young adolescents, particularly how administrators are prepared and credentialed to lead middle grades schools. The purpose of this research was to examine which states offered and/or required administrator credentials…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Certification, Credentials, Principals
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Hodges, Tracey S.; Wright, Katherine Landau; McTigue, Erin – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
After third grade, students' motivation and enjoyment of writing begins to wane, and this trend continues through most of their education. Middle grade students especially need high-quality writing instruction; however, many teachers report feeling inadequately prepared to teach writing. To combat these issues, teacher preparation programs should…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Preservice Teachers, Self Efficacy, Student Attitudes
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Bippert, Kelli – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
In an effort to provide intervention for struggling adolescent readers, schools are turning increasingly toward computer-assisted reading intervention programs. This case study analyzes the perceptions, and contradictions, that exist between students, teachers, and administrators of the intervention tools used at one urban middle school. The…
Descriptors: Intervention, Reading Difficulties, Middle School Students, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Cipra, Alli; Hall, LaTreese – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
While bullying is a serious concern for students and educators alike, empirically tested interventions are needed. This study examined the impact of a bullying intervention curriculum at a public middle school in the Midwest. This intervention, CORE"Matters", was designed to reduce bullying behaviors, foster a greater sense of community…
Descriptors: Bullying, Intervention, Public Schools, Middle Schools
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Kearney, W. Sean; Garfield, Theresa – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
This study examined student readiness to learn and teacher effectiveness in order to determine their impact on middle grades mathematics achievement. Survey data were collected from 964 middle grades students and 93 mathematics teachers in Texas. This study is the first to use this particular collective efficacy short form with middle grade…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Mathematics Achievement, Readiness, Teacher Effectiveness
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Caldarella, Paul; Wills, Howard P.; Anderson, Darlene H.; Williams, Leslie – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
During the transition from the elementary to middle grades, young adolescents may become increasingly vulnerable for emotional and behavioral problems. Class-Wide Function-Related Intervention Teams for middle level school (CW-FIT MS), the independent variable examined in this study, was developed to improve teaching and learning by fostering…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Student Behavior, Intervention, Early Adolescents
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Tallman, Tamara O. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2019
Collaboration is a powerful tool for professional development that creates opportunities for teachers to reflect on their practice. However, school districts continue to have difficulty both implementing and sustaining collaboration. The purpose of this research was to investigate the experiences the teachers in a creative, instructional…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Faculty Development, Program Effectiveness
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Farber, Katy; Bishop, Penny – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Although service learning has been documented as a promising pedagogy for middle grades learners, it remains the exception rather than the rule in many middle schools. This qualitative study examined fifth grade students' experience of a service-learning class. Using the tenets of service learning and experiential learning theory as the…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Experiential Learning, Middle School Students, Caring
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Williams, Toni Milton – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
This qualitative study focused on the life histories of four female African-American middle level teachers. The findings illuminate how culturally responsive caring can and should be foundational to successful teaching that does not discriminate but instead uplifts every student and assures them that teachers will seek to know, understand, teach,…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Middle School Teachers, Culturally Relevant Education, Qualitative Research
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Lachance, Joan – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Dual language education programs are highly beneficial for literacy and academic language development with all students, especially those who are English learners. School districts nation-wide are attempting to expand K-12 dual language programs, yet teaching and learning for biliteracy development are highly complex processes, especially with…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Science Instruction, Qualitative Research, Second Language Learning
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Severino, Lori; Tecce DeCarlo, Mary Jean; Sondergeld, Toni; Izzetoglu, Meltem; Ammar, Alia – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
A student's reading skill is essential to learning. Assessing reading skills, specifically comprehension, is difficult. In the middle grades, students read to learn; and their teachers need a quick, easy assessment that provides immediate data on reading comprehension skill. This study explores the holistic validation approach of one eighth-grade…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Reading Instruction, Middle School Students
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Howell, Penny B.; Cook, Chris M.; Miller, Nicole C.; Thompson, Nicole L.; Faulkner, Shawn A.; Rintamaa, Margaret F. – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Specialized preparation and credentialing for teachers of young adolescents continue to be the focus of advocacy efforts within the field of middle level education. To better understand the status of middle level teacher credentialing throughout the United States, this descriptive, pragmatic, qualitative study explored how specialized middle level…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Credentials, Middle School Students, Teacher Certification
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Booker, Keonya – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
Middle grades students have developmental needs that are unique from those of younger children and those in late adolescence. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how middle grades teachers create a sense of belonging with their students and the ways in which their knowledge of early adolescent development influences that process.…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Early Adolescents, Self Determination
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Campbell, Yvonne C.; Filimon, Claudia – RMLE Online: Research in Middle Level Education, 2018
The number of English language learners (ELLs) mainstreamed into regular classrooms continues to increase. Curricular writing standards required by the Common Core State Standards require students to write essays analytically in response to text(s). Many English Language Arts (ELA) teachers may worry about effectively delivering essay writing…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Common Core State Standards
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